This website includes information about initiatives about opera developed by students and faculty members of the Music Department of the University of Pennsylvania. These initiatives are inspired by the belief that this 400-year-old intermedial art form offers extraordinary opportunities to develop student talent and competence in a variety of areas (also beyond music) and to bring scholarly and performing communities together, at Penn and beyond.

In addition to regular course offerings, the activities of “Opera at Penn” encompass:

  • the Opera Workshop: a series of informal lecture/discussions held on Fridays at 12
  • the Rodin Opera Scenes, which provide performance opportunities for Penn’s singers, music directors, pianists, and stage directors with varying levels of experience to explore the operatic genre
  • collaboration with Opera Philadelphia, including Penn students’ talks and their observation of the opera production process, as well as artists’ visits to Penn.
The website is managed by Mauro Calcagno (mauroca@sas.upenn.edu)