About APU Opera

Dear Opera Enthusiast,

APU Opera produces two opera productions a year. These productions are a combination of an opera scenes program, full opera, chamber opera, touring children’s opera, workshop production of a new work, or staged POPS concert (music theater/light opera).

The goal is that students of all levels, including incoming freshmen, would have the opportunity to train and perform while being exposed to many different classical composers and styles. Singers are eligible to participate in opera productions all four years of their undergraduate education. This provides the opportunity for students to develop their full potential as young performing artists and gives them a well-rounded performance education.

Students in APU Opera productions have weekly staging rehearsals or music, diction, or acting coaching sessions. In addition to the regular coaching/staging sessions, there is weekly Opera Studio time. Each production features “opera camp,” an intensive weekend preparing for the production with various workshops, such as performance practice, movement, and acting.

All cast members also participate in costuming, lighting, and creating props or scenery, which offers insight into the technical needs of an opera production.

To round out the “hands-on” training of each young artist, APU Opera also includes classes on opera history and performance practice focused on the history and stylistic needs of the composer and works currently in production.

Opera is of value to all singers, not only to those who wish to pursue a career in it. The practice and performance of opera builds character, discipline, and teamwork. Lessons from the stage, such as setting goals, persevering, and dealing with failure or success, set students up to be successful in any field.

Through opera, it is also possible to touch lives in a meaningful way and influence our world for good. There is such a deep need in the opera world for gifted singers that are highly trained and have hearts that are rooted in their faith. You’ll find many of these very gifted singers currently training at APU Opera. Come check out a performance to hear and support them!


Melanie Galloway, DMA
Artistic Director of Opera
School of Music
(626) 812-3020