Opera Theater

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Opera Theater, part of MSM's Voice program, is one of the foremost opera training programs in the world.

About MSM Opera Theater

Voice students at MSM who are accepted into Opera Theater, will refine their opera technique and develop their artistry under the guidance of a faculty of eminent artist-teachers —  while gaining exposure before New York City audiences.

Headed by Dona D. Vaughn, Artistic Director, the program is internationally known for its excellence, attracting some of the most talented young singers around the world. Praised by the New York Times for its significant contribution to operatic life in New York, Manhattan School of Music has a long and proud tradition of producing some of the finest artists singing throughout the world today.

Specific courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the Course Catalog.​


Each year two fully staged productions are presented, which span the classical and contemporary repertoire.

Dona D. Vaughn directs one main stage production each season, as well as the Senior Opera Theater, which is required of all senior voice majors. Students have an opportunity to work with leading professional directors and conductors in the other production of the season, as well as in the Opera Scenes program that is presented each fall.

Opera Theater Administration

Dona D. Vaughn, Artistic Director, Opera Theater

William Tracy, Head of Opera Musical Studies

Jorge Parodi, Music Director of Senior Opera Theater

Daniel Benevant, Managing Director of Theatrical Productions

Anne Shikany, Assistant to Artistic Director

“I’ve had incredible opportunities here, including the chance to perform roles I could only dream of and working with teachers that have made me a better actress, singer, and performer.”

Soprano (PS '18)

A video "teaser" for MSM Opera Theater's performance of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito in December 2016

Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron) by Johann Strauss, performed in April 2017

<ital>Dangerous Liaisons </ital>, by Conrad Suza, performed by MSM Opera Theater in December 2015.

Dangerous Liaisons, by Conrad Suza, performed by MSM Opera Theater in December 2015.

Persée et Andromède by Jacques Ibert, performed in December 2016

L'enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel, performed in December 2016