Music Theatre/Lyric Opera Theatre

Music Theatre/Lyric Opera Theatre

Do you have passion and talent to sing, act and dance professionally – either in Broadway musicals or in opera? Is your dream to music direct and conduct in the theatre? Under the guidance of our faculty of four and a staff of seven, you will receive the training and experience you need to make your fervor come alive.

Founded in 1964 by Dr. Kenneth Seipp, the Music Theatre/Opera program in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Music at Arizona State University is unusual because it is a combined program, producing both musicals and operas. As a student, you have the opportunity to work in both areas and discover your true interest and talent.

We offer three distinct degree programs for singer/actors: Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre Performance; Master of Music in Music Theatre Performance: Broadway Musicals; and Master of Music in Music Theatre Performance: Opera. We also offer a program to develop the next generation of conductors/music directors for the theatre: Doctor of Musical Arts in Opera Conducting.

All of the study, individual practice, class work and rehearsals come together in the productions of the Lyric Opera Theatre, our performance ensemble. Lyric Opera Theatre presents four or more productions each academic year with four to seven performances of each. In these, you have the opportunity to work not only with our faculty but also with world-class guest directors. Every production is supported with sets, costumes, and lighting by a professional staff and full orchestration.

Studying to become a performer or conductor in opera or musical theatre is an intense, time-consuming program. We help you shape and develop every aspect of your performance skills. We provide you with multiple opportunities to perform on-stage, and instill the discipline, learning methods and rehearsal techniques that are so critical to any theatrical performer's success.

If you are accepted into our program, you will join some of the finest student performers from Arizona, throughout the United States and around the world. Your peers have come here because of our internationally recognized faculty and staff, the quality of our classes and productions, and the success of our alumni who are performing on Broadway, in national touring companies, in major opera houses of the world and are teaching in university training programs throughout the United States.

Welcome to the Lyric Opera Theatre program.

Dale Dreyfoos
Interim Artistic Director,
Lyric Opera Theatre Director, Opera/Musical Theatre Program
Professor of Music