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 multiple productions each year, including a fully staged production with orchestra in New Haven’s historic Shubert Theatre. Recent productions have included Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. Repertoire is chosen with young voices in mind and to accommodate the widest casting possibilities and most beneficial experience for all involved.

faculty spotlight

Doris Yarick-Cross
Professor in the Practice of Voice

Doris Yarick-Cross

Doris Yarick-Cross, Director of Yale Opera, is an internationally celebrated soprano and a distinguished teacher of singing.

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.

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, baritone, ’17MM ’18MMA