Vocal Arts/Opera

Vocal Arts and Opera

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Internationally recognized for its long tradition of excellence in vocal and operatic training, the USC Thornton Vocal Arts department emphasizes the development of secure vocal technique, artistry in the interpretation of a richly varied, representative repertoire, perfection of diction in English and foreign languages and frequent solo and ensemble performance. Alumni have been named finalists and winners of prestigious competitions, and many currently work as recitalists, members of opera companies and voice faculties in both the United States, we well as abroad. Opportunities for enriched experiences are offered through weekly student recitals, workshops and master classes with visiting artist-teachers and resident faculty.

The USC Thornton Opera is an integral part of the Vocal Arts department, providing career development opportunities for singers, coaches, pianists, conductors and directors. The program includes instruction in opera history and literature, coaching techniques, stage direction, body movement for singers, stage training, role study and analysis. The opera workshop is a repertory experience involving preparation and performance of operatic works and excerpts for performance both on and off the USC campus. For more information, visit the USC Thornton Opera Program homepage.

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Brent McMunn receives positive reviews for ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’

July 23, 2014

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USC Thornton Vocal Arts faculty and musical director of the USC Thornton Opera Brent McMunn earned rave reviews for his conducting of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s Summerfest. The Pittsburgh Tribute noted that McMunn “conducted a superb performance” and “was impressive technically,” while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called the opera an”exhilarating theatrical experience.” […]

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