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The Adrian College Music Department

Opera Workshop

Opera Workshop


Students in Vocal Performance and Musical Theater have the opportunity to participate in Opera Workshop everty fall semester at Adrian College.  The course is taught by Elizabeth Major and focuses on the development of the voice and stage acting.  Many students have said that this is one of their most favorite experiences of their college years.  The productions are contemporary, witty, and insightful.  Beth Major does an amazing job finding the strengths of every student and putting them to use on stage.  The lessons learned in opera workshop translate to every facet of stage performance, from musical theater to recital performance.

Spring 2016 Production: Light in the Piazza

Dawson Auditorium



Adrian College’s cutting edge Opera Workshop, developed by Elizabeth Major, provides a challenging and nurturing environment to build the performance skills of the singing-actor.  Work centers on the whole artist, developing confidence in their musical, emotional and physical expression and learning to commit to the craft.  Acting techniques include work in yoga, meditation, dance and breath/body work.  Students of both classical and musical theatre degree tracks participate in this course. Opera Workshop has explored and updated opera scenes and arias of Mozart and Handel; the recent 2012 production of iHandel brought the 17th century opera Theodora into the digital age. In 2010, Opera Workshop produced one of the few American stagings of Jackie O, Michael Dougherty’s contemporary opera.  The composer was in attendance and full orchestra accompanied the singers in Dawson Auditorium.   Other projects have included Classical Sondheim (2012), Contemporary American Opera Scenes (2010) and a staged production of the 24 Italian Song Book, created through collaborative improv, called “Days of Our Italian Lives” (2011) and a shortened version of Hansel & Gretel which toured local schools in Michigan.

Previous productions include:


Hansel & Gretel (Humperdinck)

iHandel (Mozart & Handel)

Jackie O (M. Dougherty)

Classical Sondheim (Sondheim)

Days of Our Italian Lives (Art Songs)