The Opera Workshop at Oregon State University is devoted to preparing outstanding opera and music theatre artists for professional careers. Through solid individual instruction, the production of operas and musicals, composer centered lab-showcases, a deep focus on acting and movement, audition preparation and career and industry education, the OSU Opera Workshop promotes a creative, student-centered atmosphere where students are able to cultivate their craft in a safe environment, supported by encouraging faculty and peers.
Diverse repertoire ranging from traditional to contemporary music theatre and opera with a focus on developing the student singer-actor’s understanding and exposure to the standard repertory as well as contemporary vocal literature.
The Acting for Singers seminar is offered every spring term as part of the Opera Workshop course. Students learn the skills to bring dramatic dynamism to their vocal performances and are prepared for year-end auditions for the following year’s productions.
Students will learn to build, explore, and flesh out a complete character through historical and personal research, performance-based inquiry, constructive performance feedback, and point-of-view journaling.
Movement and body awareness work brings students to a greater understanding of the body as not only their instrument, but also as an expressive device. Frequent collaboration with OSU Theatre and community dance professionals also gives performers the opportunity to cultivate a mastery of stage dance genres.
Regular voice lessons every term and regular vocal coaching with expert faculty.
Comprehensive musical training in sight-singing, theory, history, languages, lyric diction and more.
Staged productions and an annual lab showcase of scenes give students every opportunity to shine and develop stage performance skills.
Career/Audition preparatory training centering applying musical and dramatic principles, creation of audition materials, and fine-tuning the audition package arias as preparation for graduate school auditions as well as the professional audition circuit. Our collaboration with OSU’s audio production program students allows students to create the highest quality demo recordings for audition pre-screening.
The OSU Opera Workshop’s yearly scenes lab showcase focuses on the performance of the work of a single composer central to standard operatic or musical theatre repertoire. This lab allows students to study the style and nuance of a particular composer and it simultaneously serves as an effective repertoire seminar.
Nationally recognized faculty are all active performers, and frequently are engaged with regional, national and international organizations
The OSU Opera Workshop is lead by Dr. Anthony Eversole, who joined the OSU Music faculty in Fall 2018.
Please contract Dr. Anthony Eversole for more information regarding opera workshop auditions during the 2019-2020 academic year.
Upcoming Performances and Recent Productions
In recent years the OSU Opera Workshop has presented fully staged productions of Mozart's "Don Giovanni," Aubert's "The Blue Forest," "The Pirates of Penzance" and Ned Rorem's "Our Town." Scenes and selections have included music from "The Ballad of Baby Doe," "The Barber of Seville," "The Marriage of Figaro," "Street Scene," "Evgeny Onegin" and "La Cenerentola."