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Maryland Opera Studio: Program Structure

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1st semester: Coursework is devoted to scene study and extracting information about a character by exploring the character's words and music.

Courses include:

*Applied lessons and coachings

*Movement for Singers

*English Diction

*Scene Study

*Acting for Singers

 

 

 

 

 

2nd semester: Students concentrate on small ensemble scenes. Specific acting and vocal challenges are chosen to help singers overcome their particular areas of weakness.

Courses include:

*Applied lessons and coachings

*Movement for Singers

*Scene Study

*Improvisation

*Italian Diction

*Vocal Pedagogy

*Stage Combat

*Opera Scenes, as assigned by Faculty

*New Work Reading

 

 

 

3rd and 4th semesters: Students focus on the preparation and performance of complete roles. The choice of repertoire and roles is dependent on the singer's voice type and the composition of the current class. Studio members do not audition for roles: operas are chosen to address the needs of the class.

Courses include:

*Applied lessons and coachings

*Dance

*Scene Study

*French and German Diction

*Mask

*Mime

*Costuming

*Shakespeare

*Opera Repertoire

 

Additionally, students must complete the required School of Music courses during their four semesters in the Maryland Opera Studio. These courses include: 

*Theory of Form

*Opera History

*Seminar in Musical Research

 

Interested in becoming a member of the Maryland Opera Studio?

All graduate music applicants must submit the following:

  • Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Brief essay
  • Repertoire list

Pre-Screening submissions are required for all Voice applicants.

The required method for submitting your prescreen recording for voice is through our Acceptd portal. For more information on the application process, go here. Our application and prescreen recording deadline for graduate applicants is December 1. Audition notifications will be sent via email on or before December 19, 2014.

Requirements for Pre-Screen Submissions

  • One German lied
  • One French melodie
  • Two arias, either from opera or oratorio, one of which must be in Italian

Requirements for Live Auditions

Accompanists are provided for all graduate voice applicants invited for a live audition. All applicants, if invited to the live audition, may change their audition repertoire, but must provide 5 copies of the updated list to the audition committee at the time of their audition.

The voice/opera division requires a live audition in order to be considered for admission. Requests to submit a recorded audition in place of a live audition are historically granted only for applicants living internationally at the time of our auditions and will be considered on a case by case basis. Please keep in mind, a live audition is viewed more favorably than a recorded audition. Consideration for assistantships is given only for applicants who perform a live audition.  

Master of Music, Maryland Opera Studio (Opera Performance)

Five memorized selections and a monologue must be prepared for the live audition. Repertoire should include four arias in three different languages, one of which must be in English, and not a translation. The monologue must be from a standard theatre piece no longer than one minute in length. English is preferred, however you may present a monologue from a standard theatre piece in your native language if you provide the committee with an English translation. The audition will last approximately 15 minutes.

Doctor of Musical Arts, Maryland Opera Studio

Eight memorized contrasting selections and a monologue must be prepared for the live audition. Selections must include four operatic arias and four art songs. The French, German, Italian, and English languages must be represented. The monologue must be from a standard theatre piece no longer than one minute in length. English is preferred, however you may present a monologue from a standard theatre piece in your native language if you provide the committee with an English translation. The audition will last approximately 20 minutes. At least four selections will be heard.

 

 

Questions?

Contact: musicadmissions@umd.edu