TCU Opera Studio, directed by David Gately, presents fully staged productions of both chamber opera and full-length repertoire in Ed Landreth Auditorium and the TCU Opera black box theater each spring, as well as a comprehensive opera scene program every fall.
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.
Vocal performance majors are required to earn four semesters’ credit in Opera Studio but are encouraged to enroll for their entire undergraduate career to build upon their stage, acting and vocal skills. Opera Studio is also required for MM students, Techniques for the Singer Actor participants and is highly recommended for music education students, as they will likely be required to present musicals and other staged presentations in their varied teaching careers.
Individual coaching sessions are available for students of all levels and given by highly qualified professional coach/accompanists, Stephen Carey and Mark Metcalf. Weekly Opera classes consist of rehearsals, training in acting, stage movement, audition techniques, introduction to stagecraft and music business for singers.
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.
Since director David Gately’s arrival at the TCU Opera Studio, the TCU Opera Studio has been the recipients 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 (2019)
- Falstaff (2019)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018)
- The Falling and the Rising (2018)
- Gianni Schicchi (2017)
- Suor Angelica (2017)
- Male Identity (2016)
- Dark Sisters (2016)
Credit and Enrollment
Ensemble credit is given for participation in Opera. It is open to all students, regardless of major. Auditions are held at the beginning of each year for casting purposes.
A closed class permit is required to register for Opera Studio
For more information, contact:
David Gately, director