Does operatic acting mean standing in one place while singing? Could it also involve overacting because someone is singing in a foreign language? Does it suggest an acting technique that is somehow different from acting in the spoken theater? We believe that there should be no difference in the acting technique employed by the spoken actor or the singing actor. Opera will always mean beautiful singing, but Opera is also drama, a play set to music. 


SAS Opera Studio presents Opera: Act by Act, a young artists' workshop. The purpose of this program is to lay the foundation of the singing actor's craft. It features exercises and techniques to help you prepare to enter the mind and body of a character and explore and develop through the historical and musical setting of the work, understand recitative (if applicable), and analyze the text as you prepare scenes from the standard operatic repertory.

By the end of this program, you should answer the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of your character.

Learn to answer questions regarding your understanding of the text and how these answers propel your character's actions and reactions.       


This program includes:

  • coaching and rehearsal of assigned repertoire (carefully selected based on your voice type and experience level)

  • intensive study (with piano)  

  • role preparation 

  • language and diction

  • the correct singing of recitatives (if applicable) 

  • improvisation and acting for singers

  • stage deportment  

 A music director/rehearsal accompanist and a stage director will be assigned who will guide the performers through the linguistic, dramatic, musical style, and vocal demands of each role that they are to prepare. All participants will receive private coachings on these roles. Rehearsal and coaching are an integral part of this program.

The repertoire will consist of excerpts and complete acts from the standard repertoire:

Past excerpts have included:

Gounod: Faust Act 3 “Garden Scene"

Verdi: Rigoletto Act 3 "Final act"

Donizetti: L'Elisir D'Amore

Mozart: Don Giovanni

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Act 2

Verdi: La Traviata Act 2 scene 1

Puccini: La Bohème Act 1

Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Act 1 scene 2

Humperdinck: Hansel und Gretel Act 2 “Witch’s House”


Our final decision will be based on the singers who are accepted into the program. Participants will present their scenes in a public performance.                                   


Enrollment is limited to give each participant the maximum time for study and preparation.  

Faculty will include New York City-based Music Director and Coach Stephen Anthony who will be offering acting sessions and character development. Dr. Isola Jones, formerly of the Metropolitan Opera, international Spinto Soprano Rosa D'Imperio, international soprano/voice instructor Virginia Grasso, and lyric Soprano/ Arts Manager Deborah Surdi will coach and hold Masterclasses.             


The tuition is $

Age requirement: 18+

Video or audio excerpts are required for consideration.

Scholarships are available for full or part of the program cost. 

Please CLICK HERE for our financial aid application.

For more information: (646) 858-9918.















From left to right - Stephen Anthony, Dr, Isola Jones, Rosa D'Imperio, Virginia Grasso, Deborah Surdi


Please Note:

The participant's obligation is for the full-time period of the workshop. All payments for workshops are non-refundable except in the event of a workshop cancellation.
If you need to cancel a workshop or workshop session, for any reason, you must notify us by email no later than one week before the workshop or workshops session is scheduled. If you discontinue any workshop before the ending date of the session, you forfeit the deposit amount. As our faculty are all working professional actors and musicians, SAS Performing Arts Studios reserved the right to change teachers at any time due to last-minute changes in their professional schedules.  Please see SAS Performing Arts Studios Payment Policies for additional information regarding cancellation policies.

The SAS Performing Arts Company and Studios, Inc.

P.O. Box 567

Radio City Station

New York, NY 10101-0567

Telephone: (646) 858-9918

© 2018 SAS Performing Arts Company and Studio, Inc.

SAS Performing Arts Company and Studio, Inc. is a proud member of OPERA AMERICA and The New York Alliance of Resident Theatres.

SAS Performing Arts Company and Studios, Inc. is recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation by the IRS.

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