The University of Memphis Opera

Puccini final bow with orchestra

The University of Memphis Opera offers exciting opportunities to hone your craft as a singing actor. 

Opportunities abound for students participating in the University of Memphis Opera. With multiple performance possibilities, students gain experience in an ensemble, comprimario roles, young artist contracts and leading roles in classical and contemporary works. Opera workshops, vocal coaching and master classes focus on the many aspects of vocal performance and stage presentation. Students pursuing a voice degree or other music degree, including music education, may participate in our performances. 

The University Opera engages various talents, including singers, orchestra musicians, set designers, costume designers, and stage technicians, who work collaboratively to bring the opera to life.

The University of Memphis Opera produces two operas with The University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra each year. Students work with professional designers and production personnel and can work backstage as a part of their total education.

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music works hard to connect its students with the professional world, especially within the greater Memphis community. As a student, you’ll get to audition for local professional companies, such as Opera Memphis. 

Benjamin Smith
Stage Director for Opera