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A State Secret No Longer
Spotlight on the University of Maryland Opera Studio

by Rachel Antman


Some singers regret their decision to attend music school. As their debts for student loans accumulate, they complain that during their studies they were ignored, that they had no performance opportunities, or that they hated the backstabbing and the competitive environment they encountered.

Singers who attend the University of Maryland’s graduate program in opera performance, known as the Maryland Opera Studio (MOS), have a different story to tell. Most receive assistantships that cover all of their enrollment expenses. All receive exceptional preparation for professional opera careers, as evidenced by the success of many alumni who are performing at the world’s top opera companies and by rave reviews from music critics. According to Joan Reinthaler of the Washington Post, for example, this “estimable professional training ground” specializes in “savvy and well-turned-out singers.”

Furthermore, this training, by all accounts, takes place within a nurturing, collaborative...

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