• Opera

    Pittsburgh Opera

    During Fall 2022, Pittsburgh Opera will offer four virtual sessions for MS and HS students to explore the many career paths within a professional opera company. For students who may be considering a career in the performing arts or are interested in learning more about opera from behind the scenes, these synchronous Zoom meetings will provide extensive information and also allow for conversations.


    The goal of the program is to provide in-depth information about careers in opera so that students can make informed decisions about career and college options.


    Fall 2022 Schedule (Zoom Meetings on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 pm):

    Session 1, October 5, 2022         A Variety of Career Options at an Opera Company

    What resources are available for exploring opera jobs?

    What’s the difference between a conductor and a stage director?

    Who do you hear and see at an opera performance?

    Who is working off-stage during an opera performance?

    Who works at opera companies besides singers?


    Session 2, October 19, 2022       The Day-to-Day Life of an Opera Singer

    How do singers maintain their health?

    What advice would artists give to younger students?

    What is IPA? What are language requirements for classical vocalists?

    What is the difference between a voice lesson and a coaching session?

    What should be included in an opera singer’s resume?


    Session 3, November 2, 2022     Behind the Scenes at an Opera Rehearsal

    What apprenticeships or internships are available at opera companies?

    What is appropriate protocol for observing an opera staging rehearsal?

    What unions are involved in opera companies?

    What’s a typical day in a singer’s life?


    Session 4, November 16, 2022   Auditioning for college music study

    How can students make a good impression in an audition?

    How do singers manage their nervousness?

    How important are sight-singing, music theory, and music history for singers?

    What is appropriate college audition repertoire?

    What should singers wear to an audition?

    What factors should be considered when choosing a college music school?



    Rebekah Diaz, Director of Community Engagement and IDEA Initiatives

    Marilyn Egan, Director of Education