• Lyric Opera Theatre

    We are unique in that we provide professional training in both opera and musical theatre.

  • Opera + Musical Theatre

    Students gain hands-on experience onstage and off.

  • Lyric Opera Theatre

    All ASU students are eligible to audition for our productions.

  • Opera + Musical Theatre

    Learn about opera and musical theater at the most innovative school in the country.

  • Lyric Opera Theatre

    Our program features a supportive, student-centered environment.

  • Opera + Musical Theatre

    We produce four main-stage shows annually, all supported with sets, costumes, lights, and full orchestras from our nationally acclaimed School of Music.

  • Opera + Musical Theatre

    Preparing outstanding opera and musical theatre artists for professional careers in the 21st century.

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ASU's Lyric Opera Theatre program is distinctive in that it combines training in both opera and musical theatre. Serving approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate opera and musical theatre majors from the School of Music, and open to all students throughout the university, LOT is committed to preparing outstanding opera and musical theatre artists for professional careers in the 21st century.

LOT produces four fully staged and costumed opera and musical theatre productions each year in its own 450–seat Evelyn Smith Music Theater, all supported with full orchestras from ASU's nationally renowned instrumental ensemble program. It boasts a significant team of faculty directors, conductors, designers, voice teachers, coaches and support staff, along with regular guest artists and other faculty from the School of Music and the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. The program also features formal collaborations and professional performance and study/cover opportunities with Arizona Opera and the Phoenix Theatre.

In addition to productions, LOT offers a comprehensive series of classes in voice, acting and dance, along with student lab productions, new works readings, scenes programs, and two showcases each year. The quality and scope of our program is demonstrated by our professionally active faculty, as well as the success of our alumni who are performing in major opera houses, on Broadway, television and film, in national touring companies, regional theaters, and teaching in university programs throughout the United States and the world.

Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre Performance

Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre Performance

The undergraduate program is designed to hone all the skills necessary for the complete singing actor. Training includes private voice lessons, acting, dance, audition techniques, technical production, repertoire classes, scene study and performance. Students in this degree who wish to focus on opera may choose course options in the junior and senior years, with faculty approval, which prepare them for entrance into master's degree programs in opera performance.

Master of Music in Musical Theatre Performance

Master of Music in Musical Theatre Performance

A Master's student in Musical Theater receives ongoing practical training and performance experience to further hone performance skills for professional work as a musical theater singer/actor. In addition to studio voice instruction and advanced work in acting and performance techniques, students study repertoire from the traditional and contemporary musical theatre canon and are required to perform major roles in at least two LOT productions.

Master of Music in Opera Performance

Master of Music in Opera Performance

The Master of Music degree in opera is designed to prepare students for entry–level career opportunities in in the opera world including young artist training programs, doctoral programs, and other advanced study and emerging artist professional endeavors. In addition to studio voice instruction and advanced work in acting and performance techniques, students study standard and contemporary operatic repertoire and are required to perform major roles in at least two LOT productions.

Master of Music in Musical Direction

Master of Music in Musical Direction

This is an entry–level degree in conducting with an emphasis in music direction for theatre. The program is geared toward those with strong keyboard/piano skills who are eager to learn the skills necessary for a successful career as a musical director. This competitive program admits only one student per year and includes study of both opera and musical theater repertoire. Since 1991, the graduates of this program have had a remarkable record of success, whether working in the profession, in academia or in pursuing further conducting study.

Opera + Musical Theatre Degrees

ASU students performing in a musical
undergrad

The BMus in performance with a concentration in music theatre is an intensive, performance-...

ASU students in a music opera performance
graduate

The MM program in performance with a concentration in musical theatre and opera performance...