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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 as 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 Program 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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  • USC Thornton Opera presents Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ainadamar”

    USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony and flamenco guitarist and faculty member Adam del Monte, presents Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar. With a Spanish-language libretto by David Henry Hwang, Ainadamar (Arabic for “Fountain of Tears”) imagines the final hours of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca through the eyes of Catalan actress Margarita Xirgu. Join us for a free pre-opera lecture prior to the Friday, Nov. 18 performance at 7:00 PM.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ainadamar”

    USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony and flamenco guitarist and faculty member Adam del Monte, presents Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar. With a Spanish-language libretto by David Henry Hwang, Ainadamar (Arabic for “Fountain of Tears”) imagines the final hours of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca through the eyes of Catalan actress Margarita Xirgu. Join us for a free pre-opera lecture prior to the Friday, Nov. 18 performance at 7:00 PM.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ainadamar”

    USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony and flamenco guitarist and faculty member Adam del Monte, presents Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar. With a Spanish-language libretto by David Henry Hwang, Ainadamar (Arabic for “Fountain of Tears”) imagines the final hours of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca through the eyes of Catalan actress Margarita Xirgu. Join us for a free pre-opera lecture prior to the Friday, Nov. 18 performance at 7:00 PM.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • Vocal Chamber Music Showcase

    Students from Lisa Sylvester's Vocal Chamber Music class perform works from across the centuries, featuring Vocal Arts majors collaborating with students from the instrumental performance programs.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Ryan Reithmeier named opera director at Azusa Pacific

    September 7, 2016

    Ryan Reithmeier (DMA ’16, vocal arts) has been appointed the Director of Opera at the Azusa Pacific University (APU) School of Music. Reithmeier first joined the APU vocal faculty in 2015 while he was still in his doctoral studies at USC Thornton. In addition to his work with the APU… read more

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