Opera Theater Rutgers

Degrees Offered

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

Learn more about available degrees in voice.


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, including a fully staged opera each year as well as chamber operas and opera scenes performances. Our state of the art performance facilities are 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.


Co-Head of Opera: Eduardo Chama
Interim Co-Head of Opera: John Giampietro
Lachlan Glen (Opera Coaching)

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, among others. Apart from the professional successes of our faculty, our alumni have also achieved national and international recognition for their performances. Many are currently teaching in renowned institutions around the world. Master classes with notable singers of international distinction 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. View a complete listing of our voice and opera faculty.


Recent master classes have included:

Neil Shicoff
James Morris
Lucas Meachem
Mira Zakai
Kathleen Kelly
Warren Jones


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

  • Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten
  • Gianni Schicchi and Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini
  • Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc
  • Cendrillon by Jules Massenet - National Opera Association award
  • Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi - National Opera Association award
  • The Rape of Lucrectia by Benjamin Britten - National Association of Opera award
  • Lakmé by Léo Delibes – National Opera Association award
  • Cosi Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Additional performance opportunities include opera-scene programs, master classes, recitals, and concerto and chamber-music competitions.


Get a sneak peek at one of our productions: