Vocal Arts and Opera

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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Upcoming events

  • USC Thornton Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    The USC Thornton Opera, in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The opera, which premiered in 1960 and is set to a libretto adapted by Britten and his partner Peter Pears from Shakespeare’s play, is a fantasy about how myth affects the lives of mortal beings. In a production that is updated to current day, Shakespeare's lovers and fairies roam the dark streets and hidden alleys of the Downtown Los Angeles Garment District. Oberon and Titania the King and Queen of the Fairies are at war and the earth has turned barren. Will the struggles of four young lovers lost in the woods bring Titania and Oberon together again, reinvigorating the natural order of life? Britten’s masterful music weaves a dream-like atmosphere, heightening the fantastical elements of what is perhaps The Bard’s bawdiest play and one of the most successful adaptations of Shakespeare in the operatic canon. A pre-performance discussion on Friday, Nov. 22nd, 7pm is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    The USC Thornton Opera, in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The opera, which premiered in 1960 and is set to a libretto adapted by Britten and his partner Peter Pears from Shakespeare’s play, is a fantasy about how myth affects the lives of mortal beings. In a production that is updated to current day, Shakespeare's lovers and fairies roam the dark streets and hidden alleys of the Downtown Los Angeles Garment District. Oberon and Titania the King and Queen of the Fairies are at war and the earth has turned barren. Will the struggles of four young lovers lost in the woods bring Titania and Oberon together again, reinvigorating the natural order of life? Britten’s masterful music weaves a dream-like atmosphere, heightening the fantastical elements of what is perhaps The Bard’s bawdiest play and one of the most successful adaptations of Shakespeare in the operatic canon. A pre-performance discussion on Friday, Nov. 22nd, 7pm is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • USC Thornton Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    The USC Thornton Opera, in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The opera, which premiered in 1960 and is set to a libretto adapted by Britten and his partner Peter Pears from Shakespeare’s play, is a fantasy about how myth affects the lives of mortal beings. In a production that is updated to current day, Shakespeare's lovers and fairies roam the dark streets and hidden alleys of the Downtown Los Angeles Garment District. Oberon and Titania the King and Queen of the Fairies are at war and the earth has turned barren. Will the struggles of four young lovers lost in the woods bring Titania and Oberon together again, reinvigorating the natural order of life? Britten’s masterful music weaves a dream-like atmosphere, heightening the fantastical elements of what is perhaps The Bard’s bawdiest play and one of the most successful adaptations of Shakespeare in the operatic canon. A pre-performance discussion on Friday, Nov. 22nd, 7pm is presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts & Humanities Initiative.

    Bing Theatre (BIT)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    As part of a three-day festival, Lisa Sylvester leads USC Thornton Vocal Arts students and instrumentalists in an evening of vocal chamber works from across the centuries.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


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    Karen Parks

    Karen Parks performs in Off-Broadway production and charity concert

    November 19, 2019

    Vocal Arts and Opera faculty member Karen Parks has recently performed in an off-Broadway musical in New York City, and will perform in a charity concert in New York City in December. On Nov. 8, Parks performed in a musical titled “Mighty Funny Kinda’ Love,” that focused on eight women… read more

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