Juilliard Opera is the Marcus Institute’s advanced opera training program. Each year, Juilliard Opera produces three fully-staged opera productions featuring primarily Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, Master in Music, and Graduate Diploma students in principal and cover roles; however, undergraduate students are eligible to be cast in principal and cover roles as appropriate. Since 2010, Juilliard Opera has also co-produced an annual performance in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater featuring singers from the Marcus Institute and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Juilliard Opera is considered a leader in the field, and receives national attention in leading publications such as the New York Times and Opera News.
Exposure to as many musical and dramatic perspectives as possible is a hallmark of the Juilliard Opera experience. In order to prepare students for the professional world, the Marcus Institute engages a new artistic team for every opera, and seeks to bring world-renowned conductors and directors into the students’ educational experience. Recent Juilliard Opera conductors include James Levine, Alan Gilbert, Speranza Scappucci, Stephen Lord, Anne Manson, Jane Glover, and Emmanuel Villaume. Recent directors include Stephen Wadsworth, Peter Kazaras, Emma Griffin, and James Robinson.