What is WorkshOpera? 

Too often in professional companies, artists are rushed through musical and physical role preparation. Often companies are on a tight rehearsal schedule and performers aren't allowed the time to explore their characters and the music together as a collaborative group. Here at City Lyric Opera, we believe that so much knowledge can be gained from taking the time to work together as a group to put a piece of music on its feet in a safe environment. WorkshOpera is process-based, not performance based so it is not open to the public and does not culminate in a performance. All artists are encouraged to play, experiment, and to make mistakes in order to better inform their own sense of artistry and musicianship. In the 4-hour workshop, singers will work directly with a conductor and stage director to explore their characters and musical style in the context of an operatic scene. Singers are expected to coach the repertoire ahead of time with our rehearsal pianist and arrive to the workshop memorized and ready to work. 

How Can I Get Involved?

Apply to participate in WorkshOpera! Application will open soon for our three WorkshOpera’s we will offer in the 2019-2020 season. We want to encourage you to come, learn, grow, and take risks in this safe place.

Sponsor a WorkshOpera! We provide singers with talented coaches, maestro’s, and stage directors to work with in order to create this space. The only way to make this program available is with your help!

February 26, 2019 WorkshOpera

Bizet, Carmen - Act II Quintet: Nous avons en tête une affaire with Maestro Thomas Muraco and Director J. Griffith Brown.


Bizet, Carmen - Act II Quintet: Nous avons en tête une affaire

Artists from City Lyric Opera’s WorkshOpera February 2019

Cosi fan tutte WorkshOpera

Mozart, Così fan tutte - Act I Sextet: Alla bella Despinetta

Artists from City Lyric Opera’s WorkshOpera November 2018