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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  • 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

    Faculty member Lisa Sylvester leads students from the Vocal Chamber Music class in works from across the centuries, featuring Vocal Arts majors collaborating with student instrumentalists from the Classical Performance & Composition Division.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Kenneth Cazan directs “Frau Schindler” opera in Munich

    February 21, 2017

    USC Thornton Vocal Arts & Opera chair Kenneth Cazan is currently in Munich to stage direct the opera Frau Schindler, which premieres this coming March. The opera, which received a concert reading at USC Thornton last year, follows the life of Emilie Schindler, wife of the well known Oskar, and… read more

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