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Opera Studio

TCU Opera Studio presents fully staged productions of both chamber opera and standard, full-length repertoire in Ed Landreth Auditorium and the TCU Opera black box theater.

Vocal performance majors are required to earn four semesters’ credit in Opera Studio. Many participate far beyond the minimum requirement. Opera Studio is also required for students enrolled in MUSI 60162, Techniques for the Singer Actor and is highly recommended for music education students, because they will likely to be required to present musicals and other staged presentations in their teaching careers.

Individual coaching sessions are given by highly qualified professional coach/accompanists headed by Mark Metcalf, music director. David Gately, director of TCU Opera Studio is principal stage director and acting coach. Weekly classes consist of rehearsals, training in acting, stage movement, audition techniques, introduction to stagecraft and music business for singers.

In addition, TCU offers Opera Literature, Techniques for the Singer/Actor, and Vocal Coaching.

Fort Worth Opera Programs

TCU Opera Studio enjoys a formal relationship with the Fort Worth Opera, which includes opportunities to perform with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus, shared productions in the Fort Worth Opera Young Artist Program, master classes with Fort Worth Opera artists and professional advice from Fort Worth Opera professionals.

Young singers chosen for the Fort Worth Opera Young Artist Program have the opportunity to simultaneously earn an Artist Diploma from TCU. Participation in this program is highly competitive.

In addition, four TCU singers are chosen for the TCU Fort Worth Opera Apprentice Program. These young singers receive coaching and other instruction from Fort Worth Opera staff while serving as understudies for the Fort Worth Opera Young Artists, Children’s Opera Theater.

Credit and Enrollment

Ensemble credit is given for participation in Opera. It is open to all students, regardless of major. Auditions are held periodically for casting purposes.

A closed class permit is required to register for Opera Studio.

Learn more about the voice program at TCU.

For more information, contact:
David Gately, director