Opera Theater

Recognized as one of the foremost opera training programs in the world, Manhattan School of Music’s Opera Theater attracts some of the most talented young singers from the United States and more than forty other countries. Students refine their technique and develop their artistry under the guidance of a faculty of eminent artist-teachers while gaining exposure before New York City audiences.

Headed by Dona D. Vaughn, Artistic Director, the program is internationally known for its excellence. Each year two fully staged productions are presented, which span the classical and contemporary repertoire. Praised by the New York Times for its significant contribution to operatic life in New York, Manhattan School of Music has a long and proud tradition of producing some of the finest artists singing throughout the world today.

Each season Dona D. Vaughn directs one mainstage production, as well as the Senior Opera Theater, which is required of all senior voice majors. Students have an opportunity to work with leading professional directors and conductors in the other production of the season, as well as in the Opera Scenes program that is presented each fall.

Students accepted into the Opera Theater also have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive outreach training program, including Discover Opera! and an abridged classic opera, Amato’s Opera-in-Brief.

Other important elements of the opera program are the Opera Workshop and Opera Lab, which provide appropriate venues for singers to develop stagecraft and dramatic interpretation as well as gain additional performance experience.

Albany Records has released professional recordings of numerous Manhattan School of Music productions

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Specific courses and degree sequence plans can be found in the Course Catalog.​

Performance History


La clemenza di Tito, W. A. Mozart

Der Zigeunerbaron
, Johann Strauss


The Dangerous Liaisons, Conrad Susa

Persée et Andromède
, Jacques Ibert and L'enfant et les sortilèges, Maurice Ravel


Macbeth, Ernest Bloch 

Die Zauberflöte,
W.A. Mozart


The Mother of Us All, Virgil Thomson 

Orlando Paladino,
 Franz Joseph Haydn


Thais, Jules Massenet 

Aufsteig Und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny,
 Kurt Weill


Cosi fan tutte, W. A. Mozart 

The Ghost of Versailles,
John Corigliano


Summer and Smoke, Lee Hoiby

El amor brujo and La vida breve, Manuel De Falla


Pénélope, Gabriel Fauré

Le nozze di Figaro, W. A. Mozart


Later the Same Evening, John Musto

Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss


Street Scene, Kurt Weill

Griffelkin, Lukas Foss


L’Italiana in Londra, Domenico Cimarosa

Lord Byron's Love Letter, Raffaelo de Banfield, and The Village Singer, Stephen Paulus


Cendrillon, Jules Massenet

A Dinner Engagement, Lennox Berkeley and Riders to the Sea, Ralph Vaughan Williams


Zemire und Azor (Beauty and the Beast), Louis Spohr

A Month in the Country, Lee Hoiby


Mirandolina, Bohuslav Martinu

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Benjamin Britten


Béatrice et Bénédict, Hector Berlioz

The Seagull, Thomas Pasatieri


Der Wildschütz, Albert Lortzing

Amelia Goes to the Ball, Gian Carlo Menotti, and Roman Fever, Robert Ward


The Rape of Lucretia, Benjamin Britten

The House of Seven Gables, Scott Eyerly


Dona D. Vaughn

Artistic Director, Opera

William Tracy

Head of Opera Musical Studies

Mark Janas  (Vocal Coach)
June Marano-Murray  (Vocal Coach)
Gordon Ostrowski  (Stage Director, Outreach Opera)
LeAnn Overton  (Vocal Coach)
Jorge Parodi  (Vocal Coach and Music Director of Senior Opera Theater)
Scott Rednour  (Vocal Coach)
Elizabeth Rodgers  (Vocal Coach)
William Tracy  (Head of Opera Musical Studies)
Dona D. Vaughn  (Artistic Director, Opera)