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Voice and Opera

Chair: Dr. Paul Rardin

2016 Temple Opera Theater fall production of La Canterina

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Degree Programs:       
B.M. Voice Performance
M.M. Voice Performance
M.M. Opera
M.M. Vocal Arts
Professional Studies: Voice Performance
Professional Studies: Opera

D.M.A. Voice Performance


The Department of Voice and Opera provides singers with the high quality training, emphasis on vocal technique, and repertoire necessary to achieve their fullest vocal potential. Individual performance progress is closely guided through private lessons and   vocal juries. Each singer studies vocal development, diction and language, musical styles, and vocal technique in order to achieve a polished ease in performance. During the senior year, the undergraduate voice major presents a senior recital, the culmination of the four years of study.

Master's voice majors present a final recital, while Master's opera majors appear in adjudicated major roles in opera productions. The Department of Voice and Opera supports the Opera Theater Program whose productions are staged on campus and other Delaware Valley venues. Courses in opera are open to qualified undergraduate as well as graduate singers.

Backstage: Fall 2016 Temple Opera Theater production of La Canterina

Performance Opportunities
Students in the Department of Voice and Opera have numerous opportunities to perform with small and large ensembles that appear on campus as well as a variety of local, national and international venues. These include Tomlinson Theater, The Prince Theater, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Music and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Students have had the opportunity to participate in master classes with such performers as Håken Hagegård, Barbara Bonney, Jerome Hines, Dalton Baldwin, Benita Valente, Denyce Graves, Elly Ameling, Lorenzo Malfatti, Mitsuko Shirai, and many others, as well as a weekly student performance hour on campus.

Die Fledermaus
2012 Temple Opera Theater production of Die Fledermaus

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Past Opera Productions

Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict
Bernstein: Candide
Britten: Albert Herring
Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream   
Britten: Owen Wingrave    
Britten: The Turn of the Screw
Cavalli: L’Egisto
Cavalli: La Calisto Pietro
Donizetti: Il campanello di notte
Donizetti: L’Elisir d’Amore
Epstein: Chihuahua
Epstein: Dorit
Greenbaum: Ovidiana
Hindemith: Hin und Zurück
Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel
Ibert: Angélique
Loesser: The Most Happy Fella 
Mascagni: L’amico Fritz
Massenet: Cendrillon
Milhaud: Les malheurs d’Orphée

Mozart: Così fan Tutte
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera
Mozart: The Magic Flute
Nicolaï: The Merry Wives of Windsor   
Offenbach: Les contes d’Hoffmann
Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites
Poulenc: Les Mamelles de Tirésias
Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites
Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Strauss: Die Fledermaus
Stravinsky: Mavra
Trinkley: Cleo
Verdi: Falstaff
von Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice
Ward: The Crucible