MM - Opera Performance Concentration

This degree program is designed to provide specialized training in opera performance with graduates gaining more experience and training in all phases of opera production. While the MM in performance degree with an emphasis in voice provides for some experience with opera performance, the opera concentration provides greater focus with more specialized coursework, training and experience, which better prepares students who are accepted into the program to succeed in this competitive career field. The degree requires 4 more credit hours (total of 36) than the MM in performance degree with an emphasis in voice.


Admission to the program is based on the results of a live audition and an interview with the director of the WSU Opera Theatre and voice faculty. Prior to scheduling an audition, send the following to the director of opera and music theatre:

  • Headshot and resume;
  • A statement of academic and career goals; and
  • A recording of three selections in various languages and styles.

When a live audition is not possible, a video audition will be considered. Students admitted to this program must show potential for future success and should have already had some experience with opera. Specific requirements include:

  1. Strong operatic vocal potential;
  2. Good academic background with a minimum 2.750 GPA;
  3. Some stage experience, including a basic acting class; and
  4. Conversational ability in at least one of the following languages: French, German or Italian.

Program Requirements

The Master of Music (MM) degree with a concentration in opera performance requires the completion of a minimum of 36 graduate credit hours, including a graduate performance recital, two leading roles in opera productions, and direction and assistance in two productions. Students must complete the coursework listed below:

Core Required for all MM Concentrations
MUSC 852Introduction to Bibliography and Research3
MUSC 830Seminar in Music Theory3
Select 6 credit hours from the following in history and theory:6
Topics in Music Analysis
Seminar in Music History pre-1750
Seminar in Music History post-1750
Courses Required for Concentration
Graduate Voice Study—10 credit hours of instruction in major medium 10
Applied Music Instruction for Majors - Voice (repeatable)
Applied Music Instruction for Majors - Voice (repeatable)
Other Requirements—12 credit hours from the following12
Opera Literature
Opera Theatre (repeatable)
Opera Theatre (repeatable)
Opera Theatre (repeatable)
Opera Styles
Acting For Singers
Graduate Recital
MUSP 873Graduate Recital2
Total Credit Hours36