Craig Kier, Director, Maryland Opera Studio
Nick Olcott, Director of Acting
Justina Lee, Principal Coach
Ashley Pollard, Studio Manager
The Maryland Opera Studio is both a graduate degree program and a performance ensemble within the Voice/Opera Division of the School of Music. The Studio is structured as a performing ensemble and offers a complete curriculum in all areas of vocal and theatrical training for the opera singer preparing for a professional career. The curriculum includes academic classes in music history, opera repertoire, music theory and research; practical training includes classes in acting, improvisation, movement, dance, stage combat, scene study and Shakespeare. In addition, there are specialty workshops on mime, mask and period costume. An audition workshop and periodic mock auditions prepare students to their entry into the professional operatic industry. Click here for more information on the curriculum.
The choice of repertoire and roles is dependent on the singer’s voice type and the composition of the current class. Operas and scenes are carefully selected to address the needs of the entire class so that every student in the studio leaves having prepared at least two full roles.