The George Mason University 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 opera Cendrillon, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Dream Lovers, Act II of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, 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.
Opportunities for Study Abroad
Each summer, students and faculty from the Mason vocal studies program have the opportunity to travel and study abroad. In the video below, music students traveled to Italy to attend the AAMS ISMI (AAMS International Summer Music Institute), an opera program for emerging singers who wish to study roles abroad. It offers masterclasses, opera productions and concerts. Another student went to Freiberg in Germany for an opera experience, while others attended La Musica Lirica in Novafeltra, Italy, a five-week training program structured for performance artists looking to gain hands-on training and experience, immersed in its environment, as a way to help bridge the gap between college and career. Students also attended the Amalfi Coast International Music Festival in Maiori, Italy.
In the video below, music director and Mason Professor Joe Walsh introduces Jacques Offenbach's opera Mesdames de la Halle, performed by Mason Opera in December 2019. It was recorded and later presented as part of Mason Arts at Home.