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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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  • Forging "The Knife" – Kurt Weill Before Broadway

    Forging “The Knife” explores the roots of Kurt Weill in a performance and conversation with violinist Daniel Hope and pianist and USC Thornton professor Jeffrey Kahane, who will share insights on Weill's compositions, life, and career. Musicians from Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Thornton faculty, and students will join Hope and Kahane in a performance featuring Weill's major chamber works and excerpts from Little Threepenny Music. The ensemble will also perform Gideon Klein's String Trio, which was composed in the Terezin concentration camp shortly before Klein was deported to Auschwitz. This concert is presented as part of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Lift Every Voice project, a three-week event series inspired by the lives and legacies of the courageous émigrés Kurt Weill and Rabbi Joachim Prinz, who were outspoken activists in America's Civil Rights Movement. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • “Hopscotch” in Concert

    USC celebrates Hopscotch, the world's first mobile opera and one of the most talked-about cultural events of 2015, with a live performance of songs from the groundbreaking work, marking the release of the official cast recording and interactive website. Hosted by Yuval Sharon, artistic director of The Industry, the concert will feature music by composers Veronika Krausas, Mark Lowenstein, Andrew McIntosh, Andrew Norman, Ellen Reid, and David Rosenboom, followed by a post-show reception with members of the creative team, renowned arts journalists, and many of the 20+ Thornton students, faculty, and alumni who were involved in the internationally acclaimed project. A pre-concert discussion at 4:00 PM, What Does Hopscotch Sound Like?, in Wallis Annenberg Hall, Room L105A, will feature a panel including composer and USC Thornton faculty member Veronika Krausas, composer Marc Lowenstein, director Yuval Sharon, and arts journalist Mark Swed. Sasha Anawalt of the USC Annenberg School of Communication will moderate. 4:00 PM - Pre-Concert Discussion, What Does Hopscotch Sound Like? - Wallis Annenberg Hall, Room L105A 7:30 PM - Hopscotch in Concert - Newman Recital Hall Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Opera Scenes

    The singing actors of the USC Thornton Opera program present an exciting and wide-ranging selection of excerpts from grand opera to operetta.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • The Met in HD: Verdi's “La Traviata”

    The USC School of Cinematic Arts hosts a broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera of Verdi's La Traviata. A pre-opera discussion, hosted by the USC Thornton School of Music, begins at 12:00 PM and a delayed satellite broadcast follows at 1:00 PM. Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera's most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father. Nicola Luisotti conducts. Opera running time: 2 hours, 55 minutes. In Italian, with English subtitles. Presented by USC Visions and Voices; the Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Norris Cinema Theatre (NCT)

  • USC Thornton Opera: “Béatrice et Bénédict”

    The USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Hector Berlioz's sparkling comic opera, Béatrice et Bénédict, based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Guest stage director and video designer Joachim Schamberger brings a fresh, multimedia approach to the production alongside music director Brent McMunn and the student artists of the Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera: “Béatrice et Bénédict”

    The USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Hector Berlioz's sparkling comic opera, Béatrice et Bénédict, based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Guest stage director and video designer Joachim Schamberger brings a fresh, multimedia approach to the production alongside music director Brent McMunn and the student artists of the Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera: “Béatrice et Bénédict”

    The USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Hector Berlioz's sparkling comic opera, Béatrice et Bénédict, based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Guest stage director and video designer Joachim Schamberger brings a fresh, multimedia approach to the production alongside music director Brent McMunn and the student artists of the Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera: “Béatrice et Bénédict”

    The USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Hector Berlioz's sparkling comic opera, Béatrice et Bénédict, based on Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Guest stage director and video designer Joachim Schamberger brings a fresh, multimedia approach to the production alongside music director Brent McMunn and the student artists of the Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera program.

    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 program.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Gamble House to host USC Thornton student concert series

    November 8, 2016

    This season, the iconic Gamble House in Pasadena will collaborate with USC Thornton to present a four-part music series entitled “House Music.” The 1908 showpiece of American Arts and Crafts architecture, a National Historic Landmark, is currently deeded to the city of Pasadena and managed by the USC School of… read more

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