If you're like many of us, your first experience with opera was thrilling! Perhaps you started studying voice and learned that you have the talent to start pursuing your dream of becoming an opera singer. If so, it's important that you enroll in a program that will help you maximize your vocal potential, offer you the necessary training in languages and stagecraft and provide opportunities to put it all together on the stage.
With our Bachelor of Music in performance with a concentration in voice, you'll receive individual lessons from one of our accomplished voice professors, teaching you how to sing with the needed beauty and power to be a successful singer.
You'll also take our four-semester diction track, which will prepare you to sing in the most common operatic languages: Italian, German, French and English.
Opera workshop and production
Then you'll have the chance to put it all together in our fall opera workshop class and the spring opera production.
Opera workshop is where you'll learn and hone your stagecraft skills by rehearsing scenes and arias under the close supervision of our director of opera.
The spring opera production will give you the full operatic experience: the chance to sing onstage with orchestra, sets and costumes!
A rich history
From Metropolitan Opera artists like Jill Grove and Yvonne Gonzalez-Redman, to acclaimed performers like Scott Quinn and Joshua Dennis, to our many graduates who have earned apprenticeships in top-notch programs including Des Moines Metro Opera, Sarasota Opera and Fort Worth Opera, SFA has a rich history of preparing opera singers for success at the highest level.
This degree also would be very effective at preparing you to teach private voice lessons. If you envision your operatic pursuits as something you do while teaching choir in a public school, then you might consider one of our BM in music education concentrations.