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Opera Studies

The Curtis Opera Theatre is the performing entity of the Curtis Vocal Studies Department. Headed by artistic director Mikael Eliasen, the Hirsig Family Head-of-Department Chair in Vocal Studies, the Curtis Opera Theatre presents at least four fully staged performances and concert productions each season, in venues such as the Prince Music Theater, Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and the Curtis Opera Studio.

All of the department's twenty-five voice and opera students receive onstage experience throughout their studies at Curtis, as they are often cast in multiple roles each school year. Graduates of Curtis’s program can be heard in the finest opera houses around the world including the Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden, and the Metropolitan Opera.

Curtis’s young singers “learn by doing” at an exceptionally high level due to the professional quality of each production; the school retains a leading artistic team for every opera, including conductor, staged director, and scenic/production designers. Inspired set and costume design is also costly. Every production requires significant resources to realize the artistic vision desired.

Endowing the Curtis opera program will allow the school to continue to mount outstanding productions, ensuring its place as a destination learning environment for the opera singers of tomorrow. 


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