Opera at Rutgers

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Music (MM) concentration in Opera
  • Artist Diploma (AD) in Opera

For information on our degrees in voice, please visit here.


With an entering class of roughly five each year, students enrolled in the opera program at Mason Gross experience a very personal approach to their education and specialized curriculum. Students are able to extend their artistic reach and potential through many diverse performance opportunities, our unique relationship with the CATS program of the Castleton Festival, beautiful rural campus setting and state of the art performance facilities just 45 minutes from New York City and some of the most notable opera companies in the world. Students take a diverse curriculum including Acting and Movement for Singers, Graduate Diction, Opera Workshop, Vocal Health, Business of Opera, and History Courses tailored for the singer.

Learn more about our Opera Institute here.


Co-Head of Opera: Pamela Gilmore (Director of Opera At Rutgers)
Co-Head of Opera: Eduardo Chama

Under the direction of Pamela Gilmore (voice repetiteur, Head Coach of the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium) the Opera and Voice faculty includes accomplished artists who have worked with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Tulsa Opera, and San Diego Opera. Master classes with notable singers of international distinction visit campus to enrich each student’s performance training.  Additionally, each year select students will be given the opportunity to attend the Castleton summer festival which brings together young talent with experienced professionals for 20 opera and concert performances over four weeks. For a complete listing of our voice/opera faculty and their bios, please click here.


Recent master classes have included:



Opera at Rutgers presents two fully staged operas each year. Recent performances include:

  • The Beggar's Opera
  • Cendrillon – National Opera Association award
  • Falstaff – National Opera Association award
  • Candide
  • The Rape of Lucretia – National Association of Opera award
  • The Three Penny Opera
  • Lakmé – National Opera Association award
  • Cosi Fan Tutte
  • Trial by Jury

Additional performance opportunities include:

  • Opera Scene Programs each year
  • Master Classes
  • Recitals
  • Concerto and Chamber Music Competitions

Take a look at one of our productions here: