Boston Opera Collaborative

Opera Company-in-Residence

“Come as a student, leave as a professional.”

At Longy, these words couldn’t be truer. Imagine working with a dynamic opera company while earning your degree; crafting a professional network before leaving school; using your education to launch your career. This year, the Longy School of Music and Boston Opera Collaborative join forces in a newly redesigned partnership. BOC is the conservatory’s first ever opera company-in-residence.

What does this mean? In short: access. Professional workshops, coachings, and courses are around every corner, embedded in our curriculum. You won’t perform in just one production or sing in one masterclass. You’ll develop lasting relationships with working singers and directors. You’ll collaborate with innovative composers and librettists. You’ll produce meaningful opera in unique and intimate ways.

This partnership puts Longy vocal and instrumental students on their feet in the Boston music scene, weaving educational and professional experiences together, and empowering them with reliable career strategies as well as an influential network.

Students will:

  • Discover how to shine with tips and techniques for audition success.
  • Connect with every role through advanced acting and aria preparation.
  • Learn what it takes to mount your own operatic work. Then do it!
  • Perform and premiere 10-minute operas—BOC’s specialty—and workshop directly with their creators.
  • Get out! Join BOC on the road with touring performances of signature operas.

“BOC is incredibly grateful for our partnership with Longy. We’ll help Longy prepare the next generation of young singers for an opera landscape that is evolving in exciting ways. And we’re very enthusiastic about the ways that Longy’s support will enable our company to grow and pursue new artistic directions,” Directors Greg Smucker and Patricia Weinmann have announced.

Longy President Karen Zorn adds, “We are thrilled with this reimagined partnership with BOC. Now, Longy students gain an unprecedented entry into the world of opera. Professional singers, composers, and directors will be their mentors, and when they graduate, they will have built a lasting network to transition into their careers.”