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Voice and Opera

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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 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.

Your Future

Your education at The Boston Conservatory will enable you, like so many of our alumni, to have a fruitful professional life in music. Our students and alumni win competitions and apprenticeships and are performing and teaching around the world. Our program at the Conservatory is designed to prepare you for that life.

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