Voice and Opera
Chair: Dr. Christine Anderson
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.
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.
Past Opera Productions
Berlioz: Beatrice and Benedict
Mozart: Così fan Tutte