12 months
1820 USD/credit 54600 USD/year
1820 USD/credit 54600 USD/year
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The Opera (Stage Directing) program of University of Rochester offers an environment of excellence in which the healthiest development of the vocal artist can be achieved.


Key facts

Vocal technique, repertoire and an understanding of musical style underlie the growth of expressive, communicative singers. While an operatic career may be the primary focus of many students pursuing majors in the Opera (Stage Directing) program of University of Rochester, our curriculum acknowledges that singers must be versatile, artistically creative, and technically secure in order to compete in today’s marketplace.

Standard opera, operetta, and musical theater repertory provide the ideal laboratory for learning theatrical techniques and stage repertory. Performances include full productions with orchestra, as well as opera scenes. Choral ensembles acquaint students with a diversity of great music and styles both as choristers and as oratorio soloists.

Private lessons and solo and chamber music coaching give students grounding in the world’s great vocal literature. Courses in pedagogy provide relevant information for the singer and pedagogical techniques for the aspiring teacher. Courses in diction, foreign languages, music history, music theory and the humanities help our students develop as complete musicians. Eastman Opera Theatre presents three productions each year in Kilbourn Recital Hall, our Black Box theater and Kodak Hall in the Eastman Theater.   We utilize a “class and degree blind” approach to casting, meaning that starting in their junior year, roles are assigned to a singer with the best audition and the approval of their studio voice teacher. All productions are double-cast. Many Eastman singers enter the operatic profession as a natural extension of this experience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Opera Stage Directing
  • Opera Production: Stage Management
  • Opera Directing Project (independent study)
  • Opera Workshop
  • Opera Main Stage productions
  • Voice Pedagogy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application and Application Fee
  • Audition
  • Personal statement and résumé (uploaded online within the application)
  • Recommendations (3)
  • Transcripts (must represent all collegiate study)
  • Interview

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    54600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    54600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1820 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Rochester

925 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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