The voice and opera program at Northwestern University has a long and illustrious history. Today, program alumni fill the ranks of opera houses and university faculties worldwide.

Recent graduates include Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner Madison Leonard (MM16), Met Grand Finals Winner Paul Corona (BM06), Tucker Foundation Grant Winner Amanda Majeski (BM06), and Met Finalist and San Francisco Opera Merola participant Matt Hanscom (BM05, MM07).

The voice and opera faculty collaborates to offer students a variety of course offerings that promote a strong technical and pedagogical foundation. Students receive weekly vocal instruction and, in addition, upperclassmen participate in weekly musical preparation sessions with the coaching staff.

Students have access to a number of performing opportunities including opera, recital, vocal solo class, master classes, and studio classes. All students are welcome to audition for the three annual operas, which are fully staged with full orchestra. The thriving music scene in downtown Chicago, only twelve miles from campus, offers many other performance possibilities.

The Bienen School of Music offers a number of special programs. Undergraduates may pursue dual degrees or double majors (music plus an outside field) or an ad hoc (self-designed) major. The faculty encourages and supports students interested in these opportunities.

All DMA students receive a full-tuition scholarship, stipend, and fully subsidized health insurance.

Voice and Opera Faculty

Richard Boldrey

Senior Lecturer, Vocal Coach, Voice and Opera

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Karen Brunssen

Associate Professor, Voice and Opera

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Alan Darling

Senior Lecturer, Vocal Coach, Voice and Opera

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Nancy Gustafson

Artist-in-Residence, Voice and Opera

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Kurt R. Hansen

Senior Lecturer, Voice and Opera

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Pamela Hinchman

Associate Professor, Voice and Opera

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Sunny Joy Langton

Assistant Professor, Voice and Opera

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2018-19 Tichio Vocal Master Class Series

Matthew Polenzani
Thomas Hampson
Warren Jones

Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress

Feb. 28 to March 3, 2019

Premiered in Venice in 1951, Igor Stravinsky’s opera has a libretto by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman loosely based on the eight William Hogarth paintings and engravings titled A Rake’s Progress. Equal parts tragedy and farce, the tale follows the moral decline and fall of Tom Rakewell, who exchanges a simple life with sweetheart Anne Truelove for the worldly pleasures of London in the company of the devious Nick Shadow. Stravinsky’s score deftly blends elements of 18th-and 20th-century music in this story of love, madness, and bargains with the devil.
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