Seattle Pacific University's Opera Workshop provides voice students with critical stage experience to help them prepare for work in opera and musical theatre, as well as to pursue further graduate work in vocal performance.
Through preparation and performance of operatic and musical theatre repertoire, you will develop a basic understanding of the complexity of skills involved in mounting an operatic production as a member of Opera Workshop, including:
- Foreign language preparation and translation
- Role and character development
- Theatrical staging
- Musical preparation
- Opera history
You will have the opportunity to perform in scene concerts, small chamber operas, children's operas, and outreach projects to the larger SPU and Seattle communities. In addition, through the support and collaboration of our voice faculty in the larger Seattle area, you will have the opportunity to gain further performance experience with Tacoma Opera, Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and the Northwest Savoyards.
Membership in Opera Workshop is open to Music majors, Music minors, and nonmajors, and is by audition. Auditions are held during Winter and Spring quarters, and 10–20 students are selected.
Arts Events at SPU
SPU hosts many arts-related events throughout the year. Pictured above: SPU Theatre Department production of "The Billy Goats Gruff" by John Davies, directed by Don Yanik.
Why I Teach at SPU
Cherie Hughes, Director of Vocal Studies
"I teach at SPU because I believe in the power of the liberal arts curriculum to address the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Each of us is given a great gift in this world: the gift to teach and to learn from each other. I feel privileged to work in a community that believes in the transformative power of education and to work with students that are at such an exciting point in their lives."