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Opera Workshop

UTEP Department of Music Vocal Area offers Opera Workshop (or "Opera UTEP") for undergraduate or graduate ensemble credit. Two semesters are required for performance and education majors though many choose to take the course multiple times.

Opera Workshop teaches students the fundamentals of operatic performance. Skills such as body awareness, movement, dance, role preparation, character development, acting, stage combat and audition techniques are among the topics to be explored and practiced in the class.

Repertoire for public performances will be selected to meet the voice types and skill levels of the enrolled students and may include scenes from opera and/or musical theater, one-act operas, and/or major works from the operatic repertoire.

The ensemble meets 6 hours a week in the fall and spring semesters. There are no prerequisites for the course but prior performance experience is helpful. Placement auditions will be scheduled as needed.

The ensemble is directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Cherry Duke with pianist Dr. Esequiel Meza.

Opera UTEP has residencies, master classes and talks with guest artists several times a semester. Recent guests have included:

  • Maestro Steven M. Crawford, vocal coach and conductor
  • Jay Stratton, acting coach
  • Randi Rudolph, vocal coach
  • Justin Lucero, acting coach
  • Kevin Deas, baritone
  • Jessica Medoff Bunchman, mezzo-soprano
  • Ricardo Rivera, baritone

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A bubbly evening of opera and musical theater favorites sung, danced and acted by the UTEP Opera Workshop. 

Friday and Saturday
November 11 and 12, 2016
7:30 PM
Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall

Featuring scenes from La Traviata, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Lakmé, West Side Story, Little Women, Die Fledermaus and more!

After their sold-out performances of the hilarious SPEED DATING TONIGHT! at Ardovino's Desert Crossing last spring, the fine singers of UTEP's Opera Workshop class will wow you once again. You will recognize many of the tunes not only from the productions you love, but also from movies, commercials and television, and will leave the theater with a smile on your face and a tune in your heart!


$8 General Admission
$5 Seniors/Military/Non-UTEP Students
$3 Children 6 and under/UTEP Students, Faculty & Staff

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the University Ticket Center or at the door. 

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