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Vocal Studies

Voice, Opera

The Curtis vocal studies department integrates new students from the moment they arrive into the full musical life of the school. Working with distinguished artist-faculty members under the direction of Mikael Eliasen, singers study opera and song literature as well as chamber music.

Curtis aims to educate and train musicians for 21st-century careers as performers on the highest professional level, through a unique "learn by doing" approach. Students can expect to perform often on the Student Recital Series and in Curtis Opera Theatre productions from the very beginning of their Curtis careers.

Applicants who are admitted enter the bachelor of music program in voice, the master of music program in opera, or the diploma program. Those who already hold bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees or other certificates or diplomas are welcome to apply.


Corradina Caporello

Charles Conwell

Tiziana Descano

Mikael Eliasen

Anna Fré

Lisa Keller

Marlena Kleinman Malas

Ghenady Meirson

Susan Nowicki

Danielle Orlando

Joan Patenaude-Yarnell

Chas Rader-Shieber

Ulrike Shapiro

Donald St. Pierre


Watch GOUNOD “Avant de quitter ces lieux” from Faust
Jamez McCorkle, baritone; Danielle Orlando, piano

Watch ROSSINI “Dunque io son” from Il barbiere di Siviglia
Lauren Eberwein, mezzo-soprano; Sean Michael Plumb, baritone; Danielle Orlando, piano

listen BARBER Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24
Sarah Shafer, soprano; Curtis Symphony Orchestra; Vinay Parameswaran, conductor

listen BRITTEN Phaedra, Op. 93
Nian Wang, mezzo soprano; Curtis 20/21 ensemble


"Stages to Success" Spring 2013 (PDF)

"Down to Earth" Spring 2012 (PDF)

"Something to Say—and Sing" Spring 2010 (PDF)

Curtis curriculum

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