Department of Music - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Opera Workshop

Fall 2018 Production of Pinstripe Harry's Tea Room Cabaret 

The TAMUCC 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

Upcoming productions:  

Friday, November 6, 2020: Adulting in Pandemic-Land

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

NEWS UPDATE 2/10/20: Dr. Ellen Denham has just been selected as a semi-finalist in the Stage Director division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts (Charles Nelson Reilly prize). Dr. Denham is a semifinalist in both the Theatre/Musical Theatre category for Pinstripe Harry's Tea Room Cabaret and the opera category for Pinocchio. Here's the link: American Prize Stage Director Semi-Finalists Announced. The American Prize will be announcing finalists soon. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook:

Recent productions:

Fall 2019 World Premiere:  Midsummer Night's Music

Spring 2019: Pinocchio

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