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

The Turn of the Screw

Nov. 15 to 18, 2018

Based on the Henry James novel of the same title, Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” was commissioned by the Venice Biennale and premiered in 1954. In this haunting chamber opera, a young governess arrives at an English country house to care for two children. She is advised by their guardian never to write to him about the children, never to inquire about the history of the house and never to abandon the children.

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