Juilliard Opera is the Marcus Institute’s advanced opera training program. Each year, Juilliard Opera produces three fully-staged opera productions featuring primarily Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, Master in Music, and Graduate Diploma students in principal and cover roles; however, undergraduate students are eligible to be cast in principal and cover roles as appropriate. Juilliard Opera has also co-produced opera performances with the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, including several fully staged productions such as Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, directed by Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by James Levine, and Mozart’s Così fan tutte, directed by Stephen Wadsworth and conducted by Alan Gilbert.
Exposure to as many musical and dramatic perspectives as possible is a hallmark of the Juilliard Opera experience. In order to prepare students for the professional world, the Marcus Institute engages a new artistic team for every opera, and seeks to bring world-renowned conductors and directors into the students’ educational experience. Recent Juilliard Opera conductors include James Levine, Alan Gilbert, Speranza Scappucci, Stephen Lord, Anne Manson, Jane Glover, and Emmanuel Villaume. Recent directors include Stephen Wadsworth, Peter Kazaras, James Darrah, and James Robinson.