Ensemble Director: Prof. Patricia Miller
The Mason Opera Theater and Workshop provides serious vocal performance students with in-depth study and performance of operas from Baroque to modern, with opera scenes and productions each semester. The Opera Theater presents two to three productions annually.
Past productions have included Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon, Mozart’s Magic Flute, Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneus, Puccini’s La Bohème and Gianni Schicchi, Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and one-act operas including Barber’s A Hand of Bridge and Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief.
Mason’s vocal performance graduates are currently singing with the Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Kansas City, Colorado (Rocky Mountain), Alaska, Bay Shore, and New England Conservatory Opera Companies.
Patricia Miller is director of Vocal Studies and an internationally acclaimed operatic and concert mezzo-soprano. She is also a highly-respected voice teacher and Music Educator. A University Professor, artist-teacher and master class clinician, her talent and commitment to opera education has taken her all over the world. She also serves on the Opera Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts. Read her full bio.
John Aler, a renowned tenor, teaches applied voice at Mason. He has been a frequent performer with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. He has sung in Europe with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, and the BBC Symphony. appearing with the world’s most respected conductors. He has performed at the major opera houses of the world and is a regular performer at major American summer festivals. Read his full bio.
Joseph Walsh, the Opera Vocal Accompanying Coach, has three decades of experience in preparing, presenting and conducting opera and musical theater in Virginia, across the U.S. and internationally. He is a conductor admired for his ability to combine dramatic flair and theatrical excitement with sensitivity, detail and a keen sense of dramatic pacing. Walsh was music director for The Pirates of Penzance at Riverside Dinner Theater and Christmas at the Old Bull and Bush, George, Don’t Do That! and Master Class, all at Alexandria, Virginia’s Metro Stage. Read his full bio.
Alumna Crystal Golden: A Golden Voice
There is a very simple reason why Crystal Golden Chose to Study Voice at Mason
In the Spring of 2021, Mason Opera Theater presented an evening of works featuring Dream Lovers by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Act II of Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.