APU Opera is designed to be a supportive and challenging training program for young singers. It seeks to help students develop and achieve their highest level of excellence and artistry. Undergraduate students enter the program their freshman year and receive foundational training in basic acting, movement, music, performance practice, and stage makeup, and they can audition for an entry-level spot in chorus. Graduate students also receive this training, in either basic or advanced level, based on their initial audition and previous training or experience.
As each student develops vocally and in their stagecraft skills, they may audition and be considered for increasingly demanding roles in the productions each year. All cast members also participate in costuming, lighting, and creating props or scenery, which offer training and experience in the technical side of opera productions. The goal is for singers to understand all aspects of an opera production.
Listen to a clip of APU Opera’s February 2015 production of Ariodante, George Frideric Handel’s most performed and widely loved opera.