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Professional Diploma in Opera

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Professional Diploma in Opera is a collaborative program offered in cooperation with the Chicago Opera Theater. It is a two-year post-master’s certificate program that offers scholarship-supported advanced education. It is intended for young artists with a significant level of vocal training and potential who are seeking an operatic career. Students who audition for the program must be admitted by the CCPA voice faculty for post-master’s-level study and must also be deemed acceptable by the general director of Chicago Opera Theater for its Young Artist Program.


The diploma consists of 24 semester hours of credit. During the fall semesters of both the first and second years, students will take voice lessons, performance classes, coaching and a professional seminar. Additional courses, such as Italian diction, stage combat, acting and movement, and role preparation may be recommended to fill gaps in their training. These courses will be chosen in consultation with the opera diploma advisor. During the spring semesters of both the first and second years, students will continue with private voice study at Chicago College of Performing Arts in addition to functioning as Young Artists at Chicago Opera Theater, where they will understudy lead roles in current repertoire and perform small roles, chorus, and ensemble work.

  PERF 475 Chicago Opera Theater Apprenticeship .....4
  PERF 495 COT Seminar .....4
  VOI 451 Voice I .....4
  VOI 452 Voice II .....4
  VOI 453 Voice III .....4
  VOI 454 Voice IV .....4