Opera at William Paterson University
WP Opera, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Herbert and Lois Buesser, is uniquely designed for the undergraduate singer preparing for the stage in both singing and acting – a necessity for the twenty-first century vocalist. Undergraduates have the opportunity to perform principal, supporting, and chorus roles while working with professional voice teachers and coaches from New York City. The program is dedicated to one-on-one music preparation, voice, and language coaching from WP Voice faculty Christopher Herbert, Karen Born-Cafaro, David Guzman, Tami Petty, and Sarah Wolfson in addition to guest artists. WP Opera rehearses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with extended evening rehearsals during the mainstage production in the spring semester.
The Mainstage Opera is fully staged, costumed, and performed with orchestra. The 2019 mainstage opera is Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance (More information here). Auditions for the mainstage production are usually held in November.
The Opera Scenes program provides performance practice for the singing actor. Students prepare roles from opera scenes in their original languages and from a wide range of historical periods and theatrical styles. The public performance of Opera Scenes is offered in the fall and open to any student at WPU by audition.
For Audition Information Contact Dr. Christopher Herbert at: firstname.lastname@example.org