Opera at the Brooklyn Music School

Upcoming Programs & Performances


Summer Vocal Arts 2019

The BMS Summer Vocal Arts Program (SVA) provides a five-week intensive exposure to high-level vocal arts preparation and performance.

Designed to accommodate both highly promising student performers and accomplished adults, SVA culminates in three fully produced shows: an opera, a cabaret, and a children's vocal production, that will be presented to the Brooklyn community.

Each week of this accelerated course will include approximately 10 hours of classes in singing, performance technique, acting, languages, and movement for singers that will be integrated with rehearsal.

Students will have the opportunity to improve their vocal technique, diction, acting, theater skills, and stage presence, while learning material from a range of musical traditions, and performing in productions open to the public. 


Program Dates: July 29-September 7, 2019


  • This is Cabaret: August 24 at 7:30 p.m. 

  • The Pleasures (and Pitfalls) of Love: Operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Bastien und Bastienne and Scenes from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute

    • September 5th at 7:30 p.m.

    • September 7th at 3:30 p.m.


  • Full tuition $1800

  • Opera only $1200

  • Cabaret only $1200

For more information about the Summer Vocal Arts Program, please contact the BMS Registrar at (718) 630 - 5660 or registrar@brooklynmusicschool.org


The Pleasures (and Pitfalls) of Love (Sept 5 & 7)
Operas of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Featuring Bastien und Bastienne & scenes from Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s charming first opera Bastien und Bastienne tells a tale of two divided lovers who are trying to reconcile, while being helped (or perhaps hoodwinked) by a wandering magician. Composed by Mozart when he was only 12 years old, the story depicts the emotional struggles of the inexperienced young lovers, while the music of this classical gem is characterized by the young composer's open and fresh musical language.

Sharing the program with this short opera will be fully staged scenes from Mozart’s later, more complex masterpieces: Don Giovanni, a cautionary tale about a dissolute, predatory nobleman, Le Nozze di Figaro, a deeply human comedy about marriage and (in)fidelity, and The Magic Flute, a fairy tale set in an enchanted imaginary land.

This is Cabaret will be directed by Peter Szep. The Pleasures (and Pitfalls) of Love will be directed by Judith Barnes, conducted by Peter Szep, accompanied by the Brooklyn Music School’s chamber ensemble, and will showcase elegant period costumes by Deborah Wright Houston.

"The course of true love never did run smooth" --Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream


Judith Barnes has been recognized as a stage director of “matchless and unending imagination” (ConcertoNet), a singer “vocally and dramatically present in every moment” (Parterre), and a pioneering producer, called “consistently innovative” by TimeOut NY. Noted as a “soprano-impresario” by The New Yorker, she is the founder and artistic director of Vertical Player Repertory, an indie opera company in Brooklyn, New York, that “has developed a following for intense performances of unusual works” (The New York Times). www.VPROpera.org 

Peter Szep is a founder of the New York Opera Alliance, where he is currently the Chair of the New York Opera Fest (nyoperafest.com). Peter is also the founding host of the Indie Opera Podcast (indieopera.com). He has dedicated much of his conducting career to championing new works, including the premier of Harold Farberman’s Diamond Street at the Hudson Opera House, the New England premier of Ned Rorem’s Our Town, and Ben Yarmolinsky's The Constitution, A Secular Oratorio and Yoav Gal's The Dwarf at Vertical Player Repertory, where he also conducted Il Tabarro, A View from the Bridge, Les contes d'Hoffmann, and Milhaud's Medée. Most recently he toured Maine in the cabaret The Millay Sisters.


For more information about the Summer Vocal Arts Program, please contact the BMS Registrar at (718) 630 - 5660 or registrar@brooklynmusicschool.org


The Broooklyn Music School is dedicated to providing conservatory-level opera training and performance opportunities to new and emerging artists, as well as presenting lesser known operas with a fresh and engaging presentation. We encourage talented vocal artists who come from a range of different traditions and backgrounds to explore the operatic art form, while developing future audiences.


Students will participate in classes held by world-class experts and receive tailored feedback, guidance and insight into all aspects of vocal performance and professional music industry: technique, dramatic presentation, audition process, public relations and marketing tools for becoming a professional Vocal Artist, etc. Equally beneficial to the observer, Masterclasses will serve as a platform for students to work with elite artists in front of their peers and audience.

Classes that are beneficial to vocal artists of all genres/traditions are open to all vocalists at BMS. Our Vocal Department covers traditions including opera, musical theater, jazz, pop/rock, R&B, folk, gospel, and blues. We foster interdisciplinary exploration, multicultural collaboration and creativity by bringing singers who sing across genres  into the same classroom.

Our dynamic faculty provides instruction and guidance of the highest level in a thriving and friendly environment of the community performing arts and music school of the 21st century.

Opera as a Living Art Form

BMS is dedicated to making opera into a living art form that challenges and engages diverse contemporary audiences. Future projects will include performances in non-traditional spaces and commissioned works by living composers. Through collaboration with living composers and performing newly commissioned works, young artists have the chance to work with innovative music and create more “complete” dramaturgical experiences.  

Bringing their work into non-traditional spaces and engaging with disadvantaged audiences provides performers with greater artistic adaptability (“honoring” the space and closer interaction with the audience), flexibility (working with avant-garde or nontraditional ideas) and creativity (full immersion and use of imagination).

This will include performances in schools, senior centers and other community organizations, where BMS will perform selected scenes from traditional and contemporary operas, acclaimed arias, art songs, musical theater and chamber music selections. This segment of the program also serves as a platform to perform for and interact with the audiences in non-traditional spaces, in a friendly and informal setting.

For more information about Opera at the Brooklyn Music School, please contact the BMS Registrar at (718) 630 - 5660 or registrar@brooklynmusicschool.org

highlights from 2016 bow performance

Highlights from the 2016 production of Henry Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas" by the Brooklyn Music School's Summer Vocal Arts program.