“As a place to train, the Vocal Arts program undoubtedly has some of the greatest coaches in the world, but where Juilliard excels beyond any other program that I know is that they are instrumental in bridging the gap from student to professional. Within the walls of the school, there were opportunities to meet some of the foremost musical minds in the business. These introductions have helped forge the most significant relationships in my musical life.”
Julia Bullock Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, '15

Life After Juilliard

The Marcus Institute of Vocal Arts at Juilliard counts among its alumni a distinguished group of singers who after graduation have gone on to stellar careers perform with some of the world's most prestigious opera companies and orchestras, including:

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra

  • Canadian Opera Company

  • Dresden Semperoper

  • English National Opera

  • Glimmerglass Opera

  • Glyndebourne Festival

  • Houston Grand Opera

  • Komische Oper Berlin

  • Los Angeles Opera

  • Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • Metropolitan Opera

  • New York Philharmonic

  • Oper Frankfurt

  • Opera Theatre of St. Louis

  • Opernhaus Zürich

  • Pittsburgh Opera

  • San Francisco Opera

  • Santa Fe Opera

  • Seattle Opera

  • Washington National Opera

  • Wiener Staatsoper

Juilliard Vocal Arts Alumna Susanna Phillips
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Vocal Arts Alumni in the News

Opera News highlighted 25 Rising Opera Stars in its October 2015 issue. The list included many Marcus Institute alumni, including Ryan McKinny and Ying Fang. 

Juilliard Vocal Arts Brian Zeger snapshot
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Renée Fleming Returns to Juilliard

International superstar soprano and alumna Renée Fleming has continued to stay connected to Juilliard even as she has gone to perform at halls and opera houses around the world. She gave her first New York master class at Juilliard in 2009 to celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Peter Jay Sharp Theater and returned for a second master class in 2014, shortly after her triumphant performance of the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

Here is a clip of Fleming working with Pureum Jo on “Deh, vieni non tardar” from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro from her 2014 master class. 

Juilliard Vocal Arts Alumni Renee Fleming master class
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“The rigorous training that I received at Juilliard with the amazing staff helped me grow as an artist and in my professionalism. Staying cool under fire! I truly believe it ultimately helped me obtain my contract in Europe. The level of excellence they demanded of me has helped me achieve a consistent quality of preparedness and artistic freedom in my work. People can rely on me and I feel ready for anything!”
Karen Vuong Soprano, Oper Frankfurt; Artist Diploma, '13
“We all have a responsibility to the community of man. Your responsibility begins by honoring the training and education you have received at Juilliard. Take responsibility to continue to nurture and support the arts no matter what profession you end up pursuing. Support arts education, attend concerts and plays. If you move to a small community, support children’s theater, dinner theater, and attend community productions. Share your talent. Encourage talent in others.” (Read Audra McDonald's 2007 commencement speech in The Juilliard Journal)
Audra McDonald BM '93, voice

Alumni Spotlight: Virginie Verrez

Virginie Verrez (BM ’13, MM ’15, voice) has earned numerous accolades in the past several years. In October 2015, the young French mezzo was singled out as one of 25 Rising Stars by Opera News and was one of five winners in the Metropolitan Opera’s prestigious National Council Auditions in 2015 and is now a member of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development program poised to make her Met debut during the 2015-16 season in Manon Lescaut. She burned up Juilliard’s stage with appearances in Le nozze de Figaro and Iphigénie en Aulide. She is the winner of both the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and the 2014 Mary Trueman Vocal Competition and was also awarded Le Prix Jeune Espoir and Le Prix Spécial du Jury at the 2014 Festival Nuits Lyriques en Marmandais.  She is also the recipient of a Lucrezia Bori Grant and won the Lissner Charitable Fund in the 2013 Opera Index Competition.

“Virginie Verrez, a rich-voiced mezzo-soprano, was gripping as Clytemnestre, especially in her Act III aria, when the desperate mother calls upon Jupiter to rain thunderbolts upon the Greeks.” – New York Times review of Met+Juilliard’s Iphigénie en Aulide, February 2015