This is an ensemble dedicated to the study and production of operas and operatic scenes. The repertoire varies year to year and is tailored to the needs and strengths of the participating students. Every year, at least one fully-staged work will be presented. Recent operas performed at Penn State include Le Nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, The Coronation of Poppea, The Consul, The Old Maid and the Thief , Les Arts Florissants, and Trial By Jury. These works have been presented in collaboration with other ensembles, such as PSU Philharmonic Orchestra and PSU Baroque Ensemble. Students who desire to participate in Opera Theatre must audition and then play “as cast” in particular productions. The expectation is that a student will be available for all scheduled rehearsals and performances.
This course will teach singers the fundamentals of acting, character development, stage deportment, and the practical application of all techniques required for compelling dramatic work. All types of stage work related to vocal music will be explored from performing in recitals and concerts to opera and scene-work. The objective of the course is to make singers more comfortable on stage and more realistic/believable in their performances. The course will be offered to music majors currently studying voice at an advanced level (V220J or higher). Others may be admitted by permission of the instructor.