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Opera Theatre: Music, M.M.

School of Music

Join our comprehensive professional opera theatre program designed to prepare singers with the musical, theatrical and diction skills needed to begin a career in opera.

Opera at USC offers graduate students outstanding vocal instruction and musical coaching with intensive dramatic training. We cover every facet of opera production, from the stage to behind the scenes. Enjoy learning from our guest professional conductors, singers and directors in master classes and informational sessions.

Program Highlights

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    Distinguished School

    Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.

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    Supportive Community

    Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.

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    Authentic Experiences

    Participate as cast or crew member of operatic productions and even have the opportunity to direct operas.

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    Outstanding Facilities

    Benefit from unique amenities like an opera rehearsal room, costume and scene shop, costumes, props and set storage.

What You’ll Study

Develop the necessary skills expected of professionals in the field of opera. Learn to identify, describe and compare specific methods and practices used in modern opera productions. Gain performance knowledge and skills through executing tasks related to opera productions across a variety of styles and contexts, including one-act and full opera settings.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Performance

    Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

  • Listening Skills

    Understanding what others are saying to facilitate effective communication


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective


    Working collaboratively with others to achieve a shared goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Performer
  • Educator
  • Private Instructor

Workplace Settings

  • Arts
  • Education

Upon graduating from the School of Music, I realized I was a different person than from the time I started. I came out with skills — adaptability, fortitude and humility — that I teach to my own students today.

Cera Finney
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