Master of Music in Opera Performance

Two-Year Program

Program Overview

Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s opera performance master’s program prepares students for vibrant opera careers through specialized performance and audition training, a broad range of opportunities to perform publicly and refine musicianship, and focused studies in career building and entrepreneurship.

Performance opportunities are plentiful at the conservatory. In addition to solo and studio recitals, opera graduate students are cast in fully staged operas, concert operas, operas for young audiences, and opera scenes. Students can also participate in choral ensembles, contemporary music ensembles, chamber music recitals, and many more. Off campus, opera graduate students are encouraged to involve themselves in Greater Boston’s various opera and oratorio music organizations, including Boston Opera Collaborative, Opera on Tap Boston, Emmanuel Music, The Bach Institute, and various church soloist and choir opportunities, to name a few.  

Throughout the program, students work closely with esteemed faculty members in private lessons to hone their artistic skills and build on their vocal technique in order to prepare for professional and semi-professional auditions and engagements. Students are therefore expected to expand their list of audition and performance repertoire, compile professional materials, and begin to clearly articulate their performance goals and aspirations. Meanwhile, students have regular exposure to high-profile artists performing with the nearby Boston Lyric Opera or Boston Symphony Orchestra. These guest artists give master classes to conservatory opera and voice students that offer supplemental artistic guidance and career advice.

What It Takes to Succeed

Individuals who thrive in the opera performance graduate program are driven by their desire to pursue a career in opera and voice performance. They are committed to becoming masters of their performance styles and vocal techniques, as well as experienced singers in a vast range of operatic languages and genres, from Handel and Mozart to Heggie.

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Core Curriculum

The conservatory offers a rigorous approach to opera training and recognizes the singer as a musician, actor, and entrepreneur. Therefore, the opera performance curriculum includes classes that enhance traditional vocal and performance training, including Acting for Singers, Movement for Singers, Business of the Opera Business, Recitative, Drama of the Score, and many others.

In their first year, students expand their vocal techniques and audition packages, while continuing to build their knowledge of operatic and vocal repertoire, foreign language diction, and acting techniques. They perform in opera productions and studio recitals, attend weekly opera studio classes, and receive weekly private voice lessons. Meanwhile, students are encouraged to take advantage of on- and off-campus performance and collaborative opportunities to build their performance resumés and professional networks.

In the second year of the program, students continue their acting and opera studies in courses such as Characterization, Audition Techniques, and Aria Classes to name a few. Additionally, students will continue to build their performance resumés in the conservatory’s fully staged and concert opera productions on the main stage, and opera scenes programs.

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Your Future

Graduates of our voice and opera programs have fruitful careers, performing, teaching, and practicing their art in concert, recital, and with opera companies and young artist programs throughout the world.

Opera Companies

  • Bayerische Staatsoper
  • Boston Lyric Opera
  • Chicago Lyric Opera
  • Israeli Opera
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Staatstheater Darmstadt    

Young Artist Programs

  • Arizona Opera
  • Aspen Opera Center
  • Berlin Staatsoper
  • Brevard Opera
  • Caramoor Opera
  • Central City Opera
  • Chautauqua Opera
  • Connecticut Lyric Opera
  • Dayton Opera
  • Des Moines Metro Opera
  • Fort Worth Opera Studio
  • Glimmerglass Opera
  • Kansas City Lyric Opera
  • Knoxville Opera
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • Nashville Opera
  • Opera Company of Middlebury, VT
  • Opera in the Ozarks
  • Opera Memphis
  • Portland Opera
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Sarasota Opera
  • Seagle Music Colony
  • Tulsa Opera
  • Virginia Opera

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