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  •  Il Barbiere di Siviglia

    Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Gioachino Rossini

  • La Périchole: Jacques Offenbach

    La Périchole: Jacques Offenbach

  • Candide cast and set

    Candide: Leonard Bernstein

  • Elixir

    L'elisir d'amore: Gaetano Donizetti

  • Stomp your Foot

    The Tender Land: Aaron Copland

Opera at USC

Opera at USC offers a truly comprehensive program for both graduate and undergraduate students, covering every facet of opera production, both on stage and behind the scenes.

2017–2018 Season Announced

(dates, times and repertoire subject to change)

La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart

Sung in Italian.
November 3, 4, 7:30 p.m. and November 5, 3:00 p.m.
Drayton Hall
Directed by David Carl Toulson
Conducted by Neil Casey
Musical preparation by Lynn Kompass
Adult: $25; seniors/USC faculty & staff/military: $20; student with ID & children: $7

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MASS A theatre piece by Bernstein

A production of the University of South Carolina School of Music. Read about it.
March 2, 3, 7:30 p.m. and March 4, 3:00 p.m.
Koger Center
Directed by Ellen Douglas Schlaefer
Conducted by Scott Weiss
Musical preparation by Lynn Kompass
Alicia Walker, chorus director.
Adult: $30; Senior/USC Faculty & Staff/Military $25; Student w/ID & Children: $10;
Group Rate (15+ tickets):
Adults: $24 ea.; seniors / USC faculty & staff / military $20 ea.; students w/ID & children: $8 ea.

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The Lanny and Sidney Palmer One Act Series

Le 66 by Offenbach
in French
La cambiale di matrimonio by Rossini
Sung in Italian.
April 14, 15, 2016
School of Music Recital Hall
Directed by Tyler Eighmey
School of Music Recital Hall – Free


Auditions

The first round of auditions is May 4, 2017, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
The sign-up sheet is outside of room 040.


Tickets

Purchase tickets online, call 803-777-5369, or purchase at the door.
Please note that online and phone sales end at 3 p.m. on opening day. After that you may purchase at the door one hour before show.
Purchase tickets online for La Finta Giardiniera
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Opera at USC offers a truly comprehensive program for both graduate and undergraduate students, covering every facet of opera production, both on stage and behind the scenes. Singers, directors, pianists, conductors, marketing and public relations students and theatrical technicians get expert teaching and intensive hands-on experience in their respective crafts.

Opera at USC is one of only a handful of colleges and universities nationwide that offers special training and practice for aspiring opera stage directors. You can gain abundant practical stage experience by participating in the operas either onstage or off.

Opera at USC presents two fully staged operas with orchestra each year and also presents an evening of One-Act Operas, often with a graduate stage director. Roles are open to undergraduates and graduates.

Master classes conducted by international opera singers, conductors, coaches and directors are held each semester.

Voice faculty and the choral department work closely together with Opera at USC on many projects. Learn more about the choral ensembles and the vocal studies area.


See photos from our past seasons.


Opera Faculty

Ellen Douglas Schlaefer

Ellen Douglas Schlaefer

Ellen Douglas Schlaefer is director of Opera Studies. She has worked with some of the world’s top opera companies and directors, including the Washington Opera and Francesca Zambello. She has staged productions across the U.S. and throughout South Carolina.

Neil Casey

Neil Casey

Neil Casey is the assistant director of orchestras and teaches conducting, violin and chamber music. He also is conductor of the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra in Savannah, Ga. Casey conducts Opera at USC and the USC Campus Orchestra, an ensemble he created.

Lynn Kompass

Lynn Kompass

Lynn Kompass is vocal coach and associate professor. She provides musical preparation for all productions performed by Opera at USC and teaches courses in song literature and advanced diction for singers.

Michael LaRoche

Michael LaRoche

Michael LaRoche serves as the technical director for Opera at USC and is the information technology support consultant for the School of Music. He is a doctorate of musical arts candidate in voice performance (baritone).

Laury Christie

Laury Christie

Laury Christie is a member of the voice faculty (soprano) and is certified in the Alexander technique. She has performed with orchestras the U.S. and at Spoleto Festival USA, Alice Tully Hall in New York City and on Public Radio.

Walter Cuttino

Walter Cuttino

Walter Cuttino chairs the voice faculty and is an associate professor (tenor). He has more than 1,500 operatic and concert performances to his credit, including a tour with the late Leonard Bernstein. He is artistic director of the Palmetto Opera.

Janet Hopkins

Janet Hopkins

Janet Hopkins is assistant professor of voice (mezzo-soprano). She has presented master classes throughout the U.S. and performed Beethoven's 9th in Kentucky and El Amor Brujo (Falla) with the S.C. Philharmonic.

Tina Milhorn Stallard

Tina Milhorn Stallard

Tina Milhorn Stallard is associate professor of voice (soprano) and teaches vocal pedagogy. She performed Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with the Shanghai Philharmonic as part of the cultural prelude to the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Jacob Will

Jacob Will

Jacob Will is a member of the voice faculty (bass-baritone). He made his New York Philharmonic debut as soloist in the American premiere of the “Messa per Rossini,” in a performance televised live nationwide.

don gray

Don Gray

Donald Gray has been a voice faculty member since 1972 and has performed all around the world. He has been a Metropolitan Opera audition winner and won the second annual Mario Lanza Competition.

Opera Events

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