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Master of Music in Opera

The Master of Music degree in opera requires a minimum of thirty-two graduate credits (g.c.). The program normally takes two years to complete, but a student may stay an optional third year at the discretion of artistic director of the Vocal Studies Department and the Curtis president. Each student receives at least two vocal coaching sessions per week. A Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent is required for degree candidacy. In the last semester, the Graduate Studies Review Committee will evaluate the progress and course of study of each student.

Incoming students will be counseled by the department faculty, who will suggest ways of remedying any weakness in theoretical, aural, or language skills. Voice teacher selection will be made by the student with the approval of the head of the Vocal Studies Department and the president. Emphasis in the opera program is on performing and developing performance skills. Typically the Curtis Opera Theatre performs three productions with the Curtis Symphony or Chamber Orchestra each year.

General Requirements

Additional Departmental Requirements

General Requirements


Year One

Year Two

Voice Lesson 2 g.c. 2 g.c.
Opera Staging 6 g.c. 6 g.c.
Voice Repertoire Coaching 3 g.c. 3 g.c.
Opera History Seminar 1 g.c. 1 g.c.
Opera Performance Seminar 1 g.c. 1 g.c.
Alexander Technique 2 g.c. 2 g.c.
Diction Coaching 1 g.c. 1 g.c.
Acting Seminar 2 g.c. 2 g.c.
Total 18 g.c. 18 g.c.

Additional Departmental Requirements

Students must develop conversational facility in two foreign languages.

Students must take or audit at least one course in literature, drama, art history, or modern language at Curtis or at the University of Pennsylvania under the reciprocal agreement.