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The Boston Conservatory's undergraduate and graduate programs in voice and opera are amongst the best in the world. Check out this video featuring current students and faculty to see why.

Patty Thom, Chair

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  • Undergraduate music performance students may apply in their junior year for admission into the dual degree program to earn a Master of Music in Music Education.
  • Graduate students may apply for the 3-year Alexander Technique Teaching Certification.

"The faculty refine our instruments, guide us and encourage us to blossom. This is not just 'college opera;' this is a professional quality operatic experience."—Vanessa Becerra (M.M. '14, Opera Performance)

Your Training

At The Boston Conservatory our goal is to prepare you for a life in music. Your vocal training here focuses on your development as a professional singer, a person and a well integrated artist. The voice curriculum is designed with performance and performance-related values—diction, repertoire, text and language study—at its core. It ensures a range of performance opportunities—from solo and studio recitals to opera scenes and full operatic productions—to give you the experience you need to transform yourself as a singer and performer.

Your Courses

  • Voice Lessons
  • Song Repertoire Courses
  • International Repertoire
  • Recitative Class
  • Vocal Performance Seminars
  • Ear Training
  • Music History
  • Acting for Singers
  • Opera Studio and Opera Workshop
  • Drama of the Score
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Languages: Italian, German, French
  • Vocal Coaching
  • Oratorio and Early Music Repertoire
  • Aria Class
  • Diction Seminars
  • Harmony and Counterpoint
  • Piano Class
  • Opera History
  • Movement for Singers
  • Characterization
  • Chorale and Women’s Choir

Your Teachers

In the classroom, in the studio, and in masterclasses, you will learn from professional artists—soloists, conductors, coaches and composers—who themselves possess the vast range of performing and educational experiences you seek. The program’s selectivity allows faculty to concentrate on your individual needs and give ongoing personalized assessment.

In addition, artists of national and international stature visit the Conservatory each year to offer masterclasses in voice and opera. Recent and upcoming visiting artists include Inci Bashar, Christine Brewer, Shirlee Emmons, Martin Katz, Lisa Saffer, Sanford Sylvan, William Bolcom and Joan Morris, and Dawn Upshaw.

Voice & Opera Faculty

Patty Thom, Chair


Your Department

Average number of undergraduate Voice/Opera students: 65

Average number of graduate Voice/Opera students: 55

Your Performance Opportunities

Opera Studio and Opera Workshop, Chorale and Women's Choir and the Vocal Performance Seminar sequences hone your ability to give skilled and confident performances on the operatic, solo recital and choral stages. Our annual performance calendar includes main stage operas with orchestra, children’s operas, one act operas, opera scenes and staged arias, choral concerts with The Boston Conservatory Orchestra and in smaller a capella groupings, and multiple solo recitals, as well as outreach performances in the Boston community. Our goal is to provide the performance opportunities which are right for you.

On Campus

  • The Boston Conservatory Chorale
  • The Boston Conservatory Conductors' Choir
  • The Boston Conservatory Women's Chorus
  • Children's operas
  • Contemporary and new music ensembles
  • Fully-staged operas on the mainstage, performed in their original language with an orchestra
  • Masterclasses with visiting artists
  • One-act operas and opera scenes performances
  • Semi-staged concert opera, performed in its original language with an orchestra
  • Solo and studio recitals
  • Vocal chamber music

Off Campus

  • Boston Conservatory community outreach programs servicing the Greater Boston area, including Troubadors, and opera-specific ensemble
  • Opportunities to collaborate and perform with local ensembles, including regional opera companies, contemporary ensembles and choruses, such as the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (the Boston Symphony Orchestra's collaborating chorus)
  • Paid gig opportunities arranged through our Student Services Office

Your Future

Graduates of our voice program have fruitful careers, performing, teaching and practicing their art at opera companies and young artist organizations throughout the world.

Opera Companies

  • Bayerische Staatsoper
  • Boston Lyric Opera
  • Chicago Lyric Opera
  • Hawaii Opera Theater
  • Israeli Opera
  • Los Angeles Opera
  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • New York City Opera
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Staatstheater Darmstadt

Young Artist Programs

  • Arizona Opera
  • Aspen Opera Theater 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

Awards and Competitions

  • Lois Alba Aria Competition
  • Lotte Lenya Competition
  • Marcello Giordani Vocal Competition
  • National Association of Music Clubs Biennial Young Artist Auditions
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • National Metropolitan Opera Council Audition (national and regional)
  • Orpheus Vocal Competition
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