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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.

2019–2020 Season Announced

(dates, times and repertoire subject to change)

Susannah - Carlisle Floyd
November 1, 2, 3, 2019
Longstreet Theatre

- Rodgers and Hammerstein
February 28, 29 and March 1, 2020
Drayton Hall Theatre

The Lanny and Sidney Palmer One Act Series
As One 
Music & Concept by Laura Kaminsky
Libretto by Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed

April 18 and 19, 2020
School of Music Recital Hall

2019-2020 Auditions

Auditions are open to all University of South Carolina students, faculty and the Midlands community.
Round 1 for the season - May 2
4:30–6:30 p.m. Room 040.
Accompanist provided.
Requirements: 2 pieces – one must be in English (aria or musical theatre). Be prepared for a cold reading.
Sign up sheet posted on April 23 outside of 040.


Buy tickets online here.

Purchase tickets online or at the door.
Please note that online sales end at 3 p.m. on opening day. After that you may purchase at the door one hour before show.
Adult: $25; seniors/USC faculty & staff/military: $20; student with ID & children: $10

About 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. 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.

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

Donald 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.

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