The Opera Workshop and Opera Theatre courses at ETBU offer our students the opportunity to experience fully-staged operas and scenes programs. Productions are carefully selected with several goals in mind, including exposure to a wide variety of repertoire in a broad range of theatrical and musical styles and periods. We also strive to provdie both solo and ensemble opportunities that offer the best fit, both dramatically and vocally, for each student in the production.
Preparation for each production emphasizes process, as well as product; in other words, we structure our productions to educate our students, not just to produce high-quality entertainment for our audiences. We aim for the highest standards of performing excellence through individualized, consistent training in the areas of character development, language, appropriate historical style, and movement, with the goal of allowing our students to discover their potential as singing actors.
Additionally, we provide our students with the knowledge and application of the basic skills of stagecraft, makeup, set construction, costuming, and lighting.
Opera Theatre (MUSI 3157)
The Opera Theatre program provides our students opportunities for major and secondary roles in a fully-staged opera production. Our productions are typically accompanied by chamber orchestra and are staged in Mabee Recital Hall. The Opera Theatre course is open to all students, regardless of major, but experience in Opera Workshop and Beginning Acting is required. Additionally, auditions are required for participation. Past productions include: Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona, Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.
Opera Workshop (MUSI 1157)
In Opera Workshop, we present our students in varied programs of scenes from the broad operatic repertory. Participation in Opera Workshop is open to all students, regardless of major and experience, though auditions may be required for casting purposes only. The scenes programs allow beginning and advanced students to participate in solo, ensemble, and chorus roles from great operas, before they participate in full-length operas. Typically, our scenes programs are accompanied by piano and staged in Mabee Recital Hall.