The FIU Opera Theater was founded in 1997 by Prof. Robert B. Dundas. It is the premiere vocal performance ensemble of the Division of Vocal Studies. Its mission is two-fold: to promote professional training and practical performing experience for student singers, conductors, and pianists, and to serve as a cultural service of the School of Music to the students and faculty of Florida International University and the greater south Florida community. Role study and rehearsal takes place in the Opera Workshop class. Students work with the professional coaching staff to learn the diction, musical styles, and interpretive traditions of each role. They also receive instruction in theater techniques to develop the basic acting skills required by an operatic performer. These include: improvisation, dance & movement, character development, stage combat, basic stagecraft, make-up, costume & scenery design and construction, and stage management. Students also receive special training through master classes with visiting professional artists. Recent clinicians include: Adina Aaron, Janet Bookspan, Vladimir Chernov, Pamela Coburn, Katharine Goeldner, David Lefkovitch, Victoria Malipiero, and Mikhail Svetlov. Each Spring semester, the FIU Opera Theater presents a full opera production, complete with costumes and scenery. In addition, students perform in concerts of opera scenes, the annual opera “gala” with the FIU Symphony Orchestra, and touring productions of children’s operas. Recent productions have included: Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan tutte, Handel’s Agrippina, Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea, Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio segreto, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and Hindemith’s Long Christmas Dinner.
For further information, contact Prof. Robert Dundas at email@example.com or 305-348-3587.