Area of Study: Voice

Opera at YSM

The opera program at the Yale School of Music offers rigorous career training through practical studies in the art of opera performance. In addition to their private voice lessons and coachings in operatic and song literature, opera students also study languages, style, acting, body movement, and general stage skills. Weekly seminars and voice classes focus on diction, interpretation, and effective communication. The program also regularly presents master classes with visiting artists.

The program stages several productions each year, usually two fully staged productions and two evenings of staged scenes in costume. These have alternated between featuring full orchestra, chamber ensemble and/or collaborative piano. Repertoire is chosen after selecting each year’s singers.

faculty spotlight

Gerald Martin Moore
Professor in the Practice of Voice

Gerald Martin Moore

An internationally renowned voice and opera pedagogue, Gerald Martin Moore has worked as a vocal consultant for major opera productions and with acclaimed performers.

Degrees + Programs

Master of Music

The two-year master of music (M.M.) degree program is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any major.

Master of Musical Arts

The performance-oriented master of musical arts (M.M.A.) program is designed for students who want to further their education beyond an M.M. degree.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The intensive doctor of musical arts (D.M.A) program is comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which candidates launch their professional careers.

Artist Diploma

The highly selective artist diploma (A.D.) program is designed for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career.

Certificate in Performance

The three-year certificate in performance program is designed for performers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but want to study at the highest level.

Opera faculty
Gerald Martin Moore. Photo by Ashley Claire Emrick

Gerald Martin Moore

Professor in the Practice of Voice, Yale School of Music
Director, Yale Opera, Yale School of Music
Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Yale School of Music

J.J. Penna

Lecturer in Voice and Opera, Yale School of Music
alejandro roca

Alejandro Roca

Lecturer in Voice and Opera, Yale School of Music
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Anna Smigelskaya

Lecturer, Yale School of Music
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Dylan F. Thomas

Lecturer, Yale School of Music
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Adriana Zabala

Associate Professor Adjunct of Voice, Yale School of Music
Perform at Yale
At the Yale School of Music, there are numerous opportunities to perform in the School’s historic concert halls and throughout New Haven.
… you will finish this program with the skills to balance the workload of a professional opera singer.
Zachary Johnson ’17MM ’18MMA, baritone