Georgia State Opera Theater provides students with the knowledge, skill and performance opportunities to prepare them for today’s competitive and exciting world of opera. Students will develop this requisite skillset to set them on their path as they master the art of becoming independent singing artists. Students learn and practice their performance skills in a positive and supportive classroom and rehearsal environment. Each year, GSU Opera Theater produces two fully staged opera productions.
Opera Workshop (MUS 3100/MUS 8620) is open to all GSU Voice Performance majors who want to participate in the opera productions but are looking for a supporting role be it on stage or off. Students gain performance skills as well as backstage knowledge. Repertoire for the course is drawn from a variety of operatic eras, languages and styles and is synced with Opera Theater.
Recent productions include:
The Georgia State Opera Theater Workshop stages two full opera productions annually – one in the fall and one in the spring, featuring a diverse selection of lyric-theater works from different languages, styles and genres spanning over four centuries of opera history, with auditions held at specific times during the fall semester. The program is further enhanced by the regular invitation of preeminent guest artists, including leading operatic performers, directors, conductors, composers and industry professionals, such as Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens, Dawn Upshaw, Harry Bicket, William Burden and Mary Dunleavy, to conduct workshops and masterclasses for GSU students.