A long tradition of excellence in vocal and operatic training has brought the USC Thornton vocal arts department international recognition. Its graduates and former members of the USC Thornton Opera have consistently been finalists and winners of prestigious competitions and are leading recitalists and members of opera companies and voice faculties in America and abroad. The curriculum 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. In addition, opportunities will be offered for enriched experience through weekly student recitals and 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, coach/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 homepage.