Opera at Longy welcomes students into a training company of graduate-level singing actors. The program has produced both American and Boston-area premieres and provides opportunities for singers to work with internationally recognized guest artists in workshops and recording projects. Students' individual artistic and professional progress is carefully nurtured within an environment of high standards and thorough professionalism.
Studio Lessons: Collaboration with a faculty mentor is the cornerstone of conservatory education at Longy. Together you will explore your unique artistic and professional goals while expanding technical and musical insight.
Opera Studio: This workshop provides students with training in acting technique and performance practice for the lyric stage, including character development and audition techniques. Multiple scenes programs and full productions give students frequent opportunities to cultivate realistic characters and further develop the voice.
Recent opera productions include:
- Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss
- Don Giovanni by Mozart
- La Rondine by Puccini
- Mahagonny Songspiel by Weill
- The Medium by Menotti
Aria and Monologue: This course features master classes in operatic arias, focusing on characterization, language, historical significance, and performance practice. Using American theater monologue, singers also study basic acting techniques through exploration of the spoken word.
Acting on the Operatic Stage: Through the study of monologue and dialogue from Shakespeare, screenplays, and British and American theater, students learn practical application of style, gesture, and characterization.
Donna Roll, director and chair
Thomas Enman, music director
Noriko Yasuda, opera coach
Graduate applicants who are interested in also applying for admission into the vocal performance program must submit a second application. Please contact the Office of Admissions for an application fee waiver.
A Day in the Life: Elizabeth Stuk, Opera
Area of study: Soprano, Opera
Degree program: Master of Music
Expected graduation date: May, 2016
Briefly describe your ideal career: Ideally I would like to make a living off of performing opera, whether it be in the US or internationally.
What do you think makes Longy special?
The thing that really drew me to Longy was the close faculty attention that students receive. I talk to our opera faculty all the time—we are even Facebook friends.
- "I was blown away by the intelligence, eloquence and thoughtfulness of every Longy student we spoke with [during audition interviews in May, 2015]. They have fascinating perspectives on their individual purposes for music making and they stood out in their ability to articulate how BOC's collaborative mission complements their own personal goals… It is clear that Longy is doing something different and very beneficial to shape this generation of artistic leaders."Chelsea Beatty Lewis, General Director, Boston Opera Collaborative