Vocal Arts & Opera

Overview

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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  • Opera Scenes

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

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Music as Medicine: Renée Fleming and Antonio Damasio in Conversation

    Join a forward-thinking discussion with opera star Renée Fleming, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and LA Opera CEO and president Christopher Koelsch about the connections between music and the brain—and the very real possibility that music is part of the solution to intractable problems like chronic pain and cancer. The discussion will be interwoven with live musical performances by LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists. Listen and learn about the role music and other arts can play in tackling the most difficult diseases and improving health and wellness. Free RSVP required. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative

    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • West Side Story

    From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. This poignant, provocative, and emotionally powerful musical transports Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to mid-1950s New York City, as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence, and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching, and relevant musical dramas of our time. USC Thornton, the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the USC Kaufman School of Dance, team to present this new production, directed by Ken Cazan, chair of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera Program. WEST SIDE STORY Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Directed by Ken Cazan PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 29 at 7:30PM Friday, March 30 at 7:30PM Saturday, March 31 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 1 at 2:30PM Thursday, April 5 at 7:30PM Friday, April 6 at 7:30PM Saturday, April 7 at 2:30PM & 8PM Sunday, April 8 at 2:30PM Tickets purchased in person at the USC Ticket Office: Students, faculty, and staff $10; Seniors, $12; General public, $20. Tickets purchased by phone of online are subject to an additional $2 per ticket fee and a $1 order fee over the entire order. Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)


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    More acclaim for Rod Gilfry’s portrayal of Walt Whitman

    October 20, 2017

    Baritone Rod Gilfry, a member of the USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera, has earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Walt Whitman in composer Matthew Aucoin’s opera, Crossing, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Currently in its second iteration as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival, the… read more

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