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The opera program at the Yale School of Music offers rigorous career training through practical studies in the art of opera performance. Training encompasses languages, style, acting, body movement, recitals, and general stage skills.

Every year features multiple productions, including a full production with orchestra in New Haven’s historic Shubert Theater. Recent productions have included Così fan tutte, The Rape of Lucretia, Don Giovanni, The Scarf, Dido and Aeneas, Le nozze di Figaro, La tragédie de Carmen, Le Rossignol, Die Zauberflöte, La Navarraise, and The BearRepertoire is chosen with young voices in mind, and to accommodate the widest casting possibilities and maximum experience for all.

In addition to taking private voice lessons, students receive intensive coaching in operatic and song literature. Weekly seminars and voice classes work on diction, interpretation, and effective communication. The program regularly presents master classes by visiting artists, who in recent years have included Alan Held and Michael Hampe.

Yale Opera has performed and recorded operas in concert with the Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Recent performances and recordings including Montemezzi’s L’amore dei tre re in 2012 and the seldom-performed first version of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in 2013. The Beethoven Easter Festival has invited Yale Opera to return to Warsaw to perform Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride in the 2014 festival.

For detailed program requirements, please see the Yale School of Music Bulletin.