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The TAMU-CC Opera Workshop provides students with comprehensive training for the modern singer/actor, culminating in a performance each semester on the stage of the Performing Arts Center.  Fall semester will typically be an evening of opera scenes or mixed repertoire with a full opera presented in the spring.  Opera Workshop is designed to cover multiple aspects of performance for the singing actor, many of which can be applied not only to opera but also to other theatrical styles.  This includes instruction on role preparation, character development, acting, movement, and improvisation.  Over the course of multiple semesters, students will be exposed to repertoire from opera, operetta, musical theatre, and experimental/improvisatory forms, and will have the opportunity to participate in innovative productions reimagining classic works in new ways.  The Opera Workshop also collaborates each semester with the departments of Theatre and Dance and Art in improvisation festivals designed to give students the opportunity to cross-train with their peers in related disciplines.

Director: Dr. Ellen Denham

News and Current Productions:  

SPRING 2021: World premiere of Olivia's Ocean, a new Children's Opera film with text by Dr. Ellen Denham and music by Dr. Ross Bernhardt, commissioned by the Harte Research Institute


Press Release: TAMU-CC Presents World Debut of Children’s Film Opera ‘Olivia’s Ocean’

The Bend Magazine: TAMU-CC Introduces New Children's Opera "Olivia's Ocean"


NEWS UPDATE 4/21/21: Dr. Ellen Denham was selected as the Outstanding Faculty Speaker and gave a virtual talk on creating opera in a pandemic.  View recording here: Creating Opera in a Pandemic: Challenges and Silver Linings

NEWS UPDATE 4/2/21: Dr. Ellen Denham has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Stage Director division for Collegiate Opera of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts (Charles Nelson Reilly prize) for the Fall 2019 production of Midsummer Night's Music.  Announcement here.

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Landing on the Island: Improv Festival January 2018
Landing on the Island: Improv Festival January 2018