Vocal Arts & 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 "Le Nozze di Figaro"

    The USC Thornton Opera program in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony presents Le nozze di Figaro, the first of the three great collaborations between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Updated in this production to the present time, a sense of shared humanity shines through both music and words in this comedic study of class struggles and marital relations.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents "Le Nozze di Figaro"

    The USC Thornton Opera program in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony presents Le nozze di Figaro, the first of the three great collaborations between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. Updated in this production to the present time, a sense of shared humanity shines through both music and words in this comedic study of class struggles and marital relations.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)


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    Celka Ojakangas wins grant from Opera America

    April 16, 2019

    Celka Ojakangas, a DMA candidate in Composition, was one of eight recipients of Opera America’s 2019 Opera Grant for Female Composers. This grant will go towards her opera Mirror Game which examines issues of gender bias through the journey of an ambitious female video game designer. Celka and her librettist,… read more

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