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Opera Studio

Westminster Opera Studio
Prof. Michael Chipman, Director

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Rebecca Hansen as the Countess, JannaLyse Erickson as Susanna, and Anna Morris as

Cherubino in a scene from "Le nozze di Figaro" December 2011.

Opera Studio gives young singers the chance to learn the art of singing on stage. Performance opportunities include fully staged operas with chamber ensemble, opera scenes and multiple other special events on and off campus. Students in the course will engage in character study through observation and improvisatory exercises, with special emphasis given to the interpretation of music and the use of the singing voice as a crucial part of character development. Operatic repertory will focus on music composed up through the eighteenth century, operettas and contemporary chamber operas or musicals appropriate for young voices.

Westminster Opera Studio
2015 Performances


By George Frideric Handel

Directed by Michael Chipman
January 23 & 24, 2015, 7:30PM

Vieve Gore Concert Hall

In the opening scene of Handel’s opera Semele at Westminster College, the immortal god, Jupiter, is a vampire who wreaks havoc on a young girl’s wedding and swoops her away to his vampire lair where he proceeds to kiss and bite her.
Although the staging will have a contemporary feel (and will take place in the deep American south),
the music will be quintessential Handel!

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The Photographer
By Philip Glass
March 27 & 28, 2015, 7:30pm
Vieve Gore Concert Hall

A chamber opera by composer Philip Glass that is based on the homicide trial of photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Based on words drawn from the trial as well as Muybridge’s letters to his wife. Commissioned by the Holland Festival, first performed in 1982 at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.

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