Vocal Arts and Opera News from the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Alumnus Richard Bernstein receives Metropolitan Opera Service Award

May 3, 2016

Each year, the Metropolitan Opera convenes an event to honor those individuals who have reached milestones in their careers with the venerable New York City institution. Operatic bass and USC Thornton alumnus Richard Bernstein (’89, Vocal Arts) has completed his 20th year as a solo artist with company and was recognized at the Met Service […]


University of Pittsburgh to build museum honoring Marilyn Horne

April 28, 2016

The University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees has approved the creation of a museum and exhibit center honoring opera legend and USC Thornton alumna Marilyn Horne. The mezzo-soprano was a recipient of the 1992 National Medal of Arts and the 1995 Kennedy Center Honors. She has also won four GRAMMY Awards for Best Opera Recording. […]


Yelena Dyachek wins Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

March 14, 2016

Soprano Yelena Dyachek, a Graduate Certificate candidate in the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program, was selected as a winner at the Grand Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City this past weekend. The Grand Finals are widely considered to be among nation’s most prestigious vocal competitions, regularly launching […]


Cynthia Munzer presents vocal workshop with Music Center

March 3, 2016

Vocal Arts & Opera faculty member Cynthia Munzer recently presented a day-long vocal master class at the Los Angeles Music Center as part of the Center’s Spotlight Academy, an annual free day of performing arts workshops for students, parents and teachers. The Academy invites arts leaders, such as Broadway star Karen Morrow, jazz icon Arturo […]


Alumnus Robin Buck featured in Long Beach Opera’s “Candide”

January 28, 2016

Baritone and USC Thornton Vocal Arts alumnus Robin Buck (MM ’85) is currently appearing in the Long Beach Opera’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” running Jan. 23 and 30. Buck performs the roles of Pangloss and Voltaire in the operetta, which won four Tony Awards in 1974. Buck has sung extensively as a featured artist […]


Classical Singer profiles Cynthia Munzer’s summer program in Germany

January 20, 2016

The January issue of Classical Singer magazine featured USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera faculty member Cynthia Munzer front and center for her role as artistic director of Musiktheater Bavaria (MTB), a summer program held annually in Germany. The six page article highlighted the program’s impact on students interested in delving into the study of […]


Faculty member Lynn Helding inaugurates vocal science association

December 3, 2015

Lynn Helding, a faculty member of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts and Opera program who specializes in vocal pedagogy, delivered the keynote address at the inaugural symposium of PAVA, the Pan-American Vocology Association, in October at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. PAVA stems from the relatively new field of voice science — also […]


USC Thornton Opera’s “La clemenza di Tito” receives positive reviews

December 2, 2015

The USC Thornton Opera‘s November production of W.A. Mozart’s rarely-performed opera, La clemenza di Tito, was warmly reviewed by both the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Trojan newspapers. Mark Swed, arts reviewer for the Times, drew parallels between Vocal Arts and Opera chair Ken Kazan‘s “simple but effective production” of Mozart’s “unconscionably neglected” opera […]


Hui Jin and Aram Arakelyan perform at the USC Global Conference in Shanghai

October 30, 2015

Tenor Hui Jin, an International Artist Fellow and doctoral candidate of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts and Opera program, performed for attendees of the USC Global Conference in Shanghai last week, accompanied on piano by Keyboard Studies DMA candidate Aram Arakelyan. Jin is a highly-regarded tenor from Beijing who has appeared in numerous opera productions […]


Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe conducts vocal & piano masterclass

October 26, 2015

Internationally-renowned operatic mezzo-soprano, Stephanie Blythe, visited USC Thornton for a masterclass on October 16th for students of Thornton’s Vocal Arts and Keyboard Collaborative Arts programs. The singer, who is regarded as one of the leading artists of her generation, was on campus in anticipation of the October 20th musical tribute to faculty member Alan Smith, […]


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