Ensemble credit is given for participation in Opera Studio. It is open to all students, regardless of major. Auditions are held periodically for casting purposes. A closed class permit is required to register for Opera Studio. Vocal Performance majors are required to earn 4 semesters' credit in Opera Studio. Many elect to participate far beyond the minimum requirement. It is also required for students enrolled in MUSI 60162, Techniques for the Singer Actor, and is highly recommended for music education students, as they are likely to be required to present musicals and other staged presentations in their teaching careers.
TCU Opera Studio presents fully staged productions of both chamber opera and standard, full-length repertoire in Ed Landreth Auditorium and the TCU Opera Studio Black Box Theater. Individual coaching sessions are given by highly qualified professional coach/accompanists headed by Music Director, Mark Metcalf. David Gately, Director of TCU Opera Studio is Principal Stage Director and Acting Coach. Weekly classes consist of rehearsals, coaching, and training in acting, stage movement, audition techniques, introduction to stagecraft, and music business for singers.
TCU Opera Studio enjoys a formal relationship with the Fort Worth Opera which includes opportunities to perform with the Fort Worth Opera Chorus, shared productions in the Fort Worth Opera Young Artist Program, master classes with Fort Worth Opera Artists and professional advice from Fort Worth Opera professionals. Young Singers chosen for the Fort Worth Opera Young Artist Program (YAP) have the opportunity to simultaneously earn an Artist Diploma from TCU. Participation in this program is highly competitive. In addition, a group of 4 TCU singers are chosen for the TCU/FW Opera Apprentice Program. These young singers receive coaching and other instruction from FW Opera Staff while serving as understudies for the Fort Worth Opera Young Artists, Children's Opera Theater (COT.)
In addition, TCU offers Opera Literature, Techniques for the Singer/Actor, and Vocal Coaching.
For further information about TCU Opera Studio, contact:
David Gately, Director, Opera Studio
Texas Christian University
School of Music
TCU Box 297500 - Fort Worth, Texas 76129