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Preparing outstanding music theatre and opera artists for professional careers in the 21st century.
Music Theatre and Opera is fortunate to be located within the Phoenix metropolitan area, where many professional arts organizations thrive. Our students have the opportunity to garner professional experience during their training through formal collaborations with Phoenix Theatre and Arizona Opera.
The Phoenix Theatre Company Collaboration
Music Theatre and Opera is proud to offer a formal collaboration with The Phoenix Theatre Company (formerly Phoenix Theatre), the city's oldest continually operating professional theatre company. This collaboration includes regular co-productions, and allows students to perform and understudy roles in The Phoenix Theatre Company's critically-acclaimed productions. We also regularly involve numerous The Phoenix Theatre Company affiliates as guest directors and teaching faculty of core courses in musical theatre, acting and dance. This collaboration has been ongoing since 2009 and is unique to the ASU Music Theatre and Opera program.
Arizona Opera Collaboration
Since 2010, opera majors have had the opportunity to participate in a formal study cover program with Arizona Opera. Here students audition for Music Theatre and Opera faculty and Arizona Opera staff to understudy roles in Arizona Opera's five productions each season. Students receive rigorous vocal and dramatic coaching on the role and attend all required production rehearsals. Students may sometimes step in as a cover for professional artists during rehearsals or special promotional outreach activities.
Many students also perform with numerous other local professional theatre and music organizations on a regular basis.
Lyric Opera Theatre Outreach Program
The LOOP program is a series of special performances of each of our productions for Arizona students, grades K-12. Students have the opportunity to talk with directors, conductors, choreographers, designers, technicians and cast members following each performance. Study guides are provided to help prepare students and encourage questions. The performances are free of cost to all attendees and transportation to the ASU Tempe campus is reimbursed. LOOP is made possible through a generous donation by Dr. Harold and Mrs. Doreen Saferstein and is a fulfillment of their dream to introduce opera and musical theatre to young people.