Samantha Hankey and Julia Wolcott in Cavalli's "La Calisto" (photo by Rosalie O'Connor)

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Juilliard Opera

Juilliard Opera is the Marcus Institute’s advanced opera training program. Each year, Juilliard Opera produces three fully-staged opera productions featuring primarily Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, Master in Music, and Graduate Diploma students in principal and cover roles; however, undergraduate students are eligible to be cast in principal and cover roles as appropriate. Juilliard Opera has also co-produced opera performances with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, including several fully staged productions such as Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, directed  by Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by James Levine, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte, directed by Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by Alan Gilbert.

Exposure to as many musical and dramatic perspectives as possible is a hallmark of the Juilliard Opera experience. In order to prepare students for the professional world, the Marcus Institute engages a new artistic team for every opera, and seeks to bring world-renowned conductors and directors into the students’ educational experience. Recent Juilliard Opera conductors include James Levine, Alan Gilbert, Speranza Scappucci, Stephen Lord, Anne Manson, Jane Glover, and Emmanuel Villaume. Recent directors include Stephen Wadsworth, Peter Kazaras, James Darrah, and James Robinson.

Juilliard Opera, a program dedicated to the education and training of future generations of singers at Juilliard, is supported by the vision and generous lead funding of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and its Chairman, Dr. Haruhisa Handa.

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Video feature about Juilliard Opera's production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

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Master Classes

The Marcus Institute invites leading guest artists and faculty members to conduct private, public, and live-streamed master classes and residencies throughout the school year. Guest artists work with Marcus Institute students in a variety of formats, from one-time master classes to several-week residencies. A few recent examples of guest artists and faculty members include Fabio Luisi, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Patricia Racette, Neil Shicoff, Thomas Hampson, Gerald Finley, Malcolm Martineau, Elly Ameling, Eric Owens, and Renata Scotto.

Joyce DiDonato Master Class

Joyce DiDonato Master Class Excerpt

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Recitals and Concerts

Marcus Institute undergraduate students progress from shared recitals in their first, second and third years to programming and preparing a full-length Graduation Recital in their final year of residence at Juilliard. Master of Music and Graduate Diploma students are also required to program and perform a full-length Graduation Recital in their final year.

In addition to the curricular performance opportunities mentioned above, the Marcus Institute offers the opportunity for casting in a wide range of recitals and concerts. Among these opportunities are the Liederabend Series, a series of six recitals performed in Paul Hall and jointly produced by the Marcus Institute and Collaborative Piano Department. Students are also eligible to be cast in Juilliard Songfest, an annual concert of song repertoire given in Alice Tully Hall and curated, coached, and performed with Marcus Institute Artistic Director Brian Zeger. 

Other recital and concert opportunities include the Wednesday at One series in Alice Tully Hall and an annual collaboration with the New York Festival of Song. Each year, two singers are also selected by a panel of guest adjudicators to program and perform in the annual Vocal Arts Honors Recital.

Undergraduate Opera

Undergraduate singers have the opportunity to be cast in the fully-staged undergraduate opera production and opera scenes performances. Students may also participate in Juilliard Opera productions as chorus members, cover artists for principal or supporting roles, and occasionally in principal or supporting roles. All undergraduate students are required to participate in at least one Juilliard Opera chorus each year. These opera performance opportunities give undergraduate students the chance to extend their musical and dramatic work onto the stage in various capacities, as well as work with world-class directors, conductors, coaches, and professional-level singers.

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