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Opera Studio

TCU Opera Studio, directed by Dr. Corey Trahan, presents fully staged operatic productions, opera scenes, concerts, and collaborative projects throughout the year.  Venues include Ed Landreth Auditorium, The Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU, and the TCU Opera Studio Black Box Theatre. 



To purchase tickets, please visit our online Box Office.

Credit and Enrollment

Ensemble credit is given for participation in Opera. Auditions are held bi-annually for casting purposes.  TCU Opera Studio is open to all students, regardless of major.  Vocal performance majors and Master of Music students are required to earn four semesters’ credit in Opera Studio. Many participate far beyond the minimum requirement. Opera Studio is highly recommended for music education students because most will likely be required to present musicals and other staged presentations during their teaching careers.


Opera StudioMUSI 10100
MUSI 60110
Dr. Corey Trahan
Techniques for the Singing ActorMUSP 50210
MUSP 60162
Dr. Corey Trahan
Vocal CoachingMUSP 50210Sara Steele Mark Metcalf
Opera LiteratureMUSI 50413Dr. Sanky Kim
Role Preparation and Audition StrategiesMUSI 50970Prof. Twyla Robinson Dr. Corey Trahan

A Typical Semester in Opera Studio Involves:

  • Music Rehearsals
  • Staging Rehearsals
  • 2-3 Productions and Concerts, both on and off campus
  • Technical Theatre: Students are expected to participate in 10 hours per semester in one of the following areas: costuming, lighting, ushering/ticketing, promotion/social media/marketing, and/or set construction


There are frequent masterclasses held within School of Music Voice and Opera departments each semester, with recent guests including Isabel Leonard, Jake Heggie, Jennifer Rowley, John Corigliano and David Jones.

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Dido and Aeneas, 2022


The TCU Opera Studio has been the recipient of NOA awards as well as critical acclaim. In 2018, National Opera America recognized TCU’s Opera Studio in two of its eight divisions, awarding a first-place prize to the world premiere of The Falling and the Rising and a third-place prize to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A panel of 26 judges scored entries based on their music accuracy and integrity; quality of singing; diction; dramatic credibility and characterization; production concept, staging and execution; and quality of production relative to the budget.

Other recent productions include: La Tragédie de Carmen, Falstaff, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Male Identity and Dark Sisters.

Image of Dido and Aeneas production

Dido and Aeneas, 2022

Learn more about the voice program at TCU.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Corey Trahan, Director of Opera Studio
3015 Merida Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76109