MM: Opera

Master of Music in Opera

Binghamton University's Master of Music in Opera program collaborates with Tri-Cities Opera

Binghamton University is proud to have a collaborative relationship with Tri-Cities Opera, providing auditioned and selected students with professional stage experience. Since 1979, Binghamton University's Master of Music in Opera Program has collaborated with Tri-Cities Opera to create a unique and exceptional program combining the professional experience that Tri-Cities Opera can offer with the academic, performance and practical studies offered by Binghamton University. The teaching artists bring a wide experience of long and continuing careers in opera to the program. Students complete a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours in music courses, including master classes, studio voice, theory, history, lyric diction, coaching, vocal literature, movement, and acting.

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Offered by the University in collaboration with the Tri-Cities Opera, this is a two-year program of professional training in preparation for an operatic career. Students must complete a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours in music with an average grade of B or above.

  • MUS 501: Music History and Research I (4 credits)*
    *recommended to be taken within the first year of study

  • MUS 520: Graduate Theory Review (2 credits)*
    *A student who demonstrates theory and musicianship and competencies through the theory diagnostic examination will be able to apply those two credits to electives.

  • Studio Voice Lessons (6 credits)

  • Binghamton University Opera Workshop (6 credits)

  • Lyric Diction (4 credits)

  • Vocal Literature (1 credit)

  • Voice Coaching (1 credit)

  • Opera Ensemble (8 credits)

  • MUS 599: Thesis (4 credits)

Thesis Requirements

  1. A full recital, approximately one hour in length, and

  2. Opera roles: either one leading/featured role or two supporting roles

Courses Offered

Voice Lessons & Vocal Coaching
 , Studio Voice Class
, Lyric Diction, Languages, Vocal Literature & Interpretation, Vocal Pedagogy, Stage Techniques/Opera Workshop, Dance/Stage Movement, Voice Master Classes, Music History, Music Theory

Singers interested in pursuing a Master of Music in Opera degree at Binghamton University should complete the MM in Opera application online at the BU Graduate School website.