The Opera Workshop program at Chico State offers singers the opportunity to perform a wide variety of opera and operetta music. Students may participate in glorious fully staged productions as well as smaller scenes (opera highlights) from operas and operettas. Private voice and coaching lessons are available to singers to develop the vocal skills, acting, and technique needed for these demanding rolls and musical styles. Recent major productions include Mozart’s "La Nozze di Figaro," Puccini’s "La Bohème," Smetana’s "The Bartered Bride" and Verdi’s "La Traviata." OW is open to both students and community members to participate.
Voice students at California State University Chico can be involved with the Opera Workshop, various university choruses, and musical theater groups. Proper vocal technique, musical styles, and acting are the focuses of the Opera Workshop program and will provide singers with essential musical, artistic, and vocal skills.
Opera Workshop History
Opera Workshop was formed in 1959 to provide vocal and dramatic operatic training for students and community members. Opera Workshop provides crucial early training of young voices.
Opera Workshop performances are a vital link between campus and community, serving as an outlet to talented people of all ages, not only in music, but in related theatre arts activities such as dancing, acting, and the design of sets, costumes, and lighting.
Opera Workshop has served to awaken an interest in opera locally, and through its outreach has brought the voice, as an art form, to people in culturally under-served areas.