PSU Opera Theatre
This is an auditioned 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 Suor Angelica, Così fan tutte, Iolanthe, Trouble In Tahiti, La Bohéme, Alcina, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Tender Land, the Pirates of Penzance, and The Coronation of Poppea. These works have been presented in a variety of venues on and off campus, and with other ensembles in the School of Music, particularly Penn State Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra. All graduate students in voice and BM and BMA students are required to audition for opera theatre. All other voice students in the School of Music are encouraged to audition for opera theatre. The 2019-2020 season of Penn State Opera Theatre will include a scenes workshop in the fall and a fully staged production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen in the spring.
Acting For Singers
This course will teach singers the fundamentals of acting, character development, stage deportment, and the practical application of all techniques 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 younger singers comfortable on-stage and more realistic/believable in their performance. This course is offered mainly for freshman and sophomore voice performance students, but students at a higher level may be admitted by permission of the instructor.