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Professional Diploma in Opera

Thank you for your interest in the Professional Diploma in Opera at the Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, in partnership with Chicago Opera Theatre's Young Artist Program. At present, the PD-Opera program is accepting a maximum of one singer for the 2024-2025 season, with strong preference for tenor voice.

Please note that we are not auditioning pianists at this time.

We will continue to review application submissions as they arrive and will be in touch with pre-screen results by December 15.

Information about auditions for the 2025-2026 season will be released in spring 2024.

The Professional Diploma in Opera Program offers singers and pianists of exceptional career promise two years of continued guidance in their development as artists. With the support of a full-tuition scholarship and monthly stipend, participants receive weekly voice lessons, vocal and dramatic coaching, seminars and performance classes concentrating on audition preparation with CCPA’s illustrious faculty. Diplomatists are also Young Artists with the Chicago Opera Theater, where they participate on a per-production basis as ensemble members and soloists, engage with COT artists in master classes and perform outreach.


Why Roosevelt for your Opera Program

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Participate in Chicago's Vibrant Opera Community

Students receive regular performance opportunities at the Chicago Opera Theater, including covering roles, chorus participation and consideration for principal roles. There are also targeted coaching and networking opportunities with composers, librettists, conductors and directors from outside of Chicago who are brought in for COT activities.

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Professional Development

Students participate in sessions on “business/life” topics like taxes, engagement with donors, managers/agents, industry experts, websites/resumes and personal marketing. The Chicago Opera Theater also hosts occasional donor-focused events where students are coached on how to engage a room of donors.

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Comprehensive Arts Education

In addition to vocal training CCPA classes offer students a well-rounded arts education that includes languages, movement, acrobatics, puppetry and other theatrical skill trainings.