Opera Scenes

The Rodin Opera Scenes Program was founded by Lily Kass, Maria Murphy, and Carlo Lanfossi in 2013, and it became an official Penn Music Department Ensemble in 2016. The program provides performance opportunities for University of Pennsylvania singers and pianists to explore the operatic genre. We foster a positive, collaborative, low-stress environment, and we welcome participants of all levels of experience. Singers are matched with repertoire that suits their vocal capabilities (range, tessitura, technical capacity, etc.), as determined at their auditions. Pianists are assigned to each scene. Students are coached on musical style, foreign language diction, stage movement, and dramatic intention. The semester culminates in a fully staged performance of assorted scenes from operas. Past scenes have included duets, trios, and larger ensembles from Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Bizet's Carmen, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Weill's A Threepenny Opera, and Adamo's Little Women. Students have performed in French, German, Italian, and English.


Rodin Opera Scenes will rehearse and perform in March of 2018, and auditions are being held in December of 2017. Please contact the program’s director, Dr. Lily Kass at lilykass@sas.upenn.edu for further details, and stay tuned for announcements about performance dates. You can also find information about Rodin Opera Scenes on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RodinOperaScenes/.


Director’s Bio:

Lily Kass is an opera historian, translator, educator, and singer based in Philadelphia. Lily graduated from the University of Pennsylvania last May with a PhD in Music History. Her research explores issues of translation in both historical and contemporary opera performance. Lily is a frequent collaborator with Opera Philadelphia’s Community Initiatives department, and she is an adjunct lecturer in Music History in the greater Philadelphia area. A coloratura soprano, Lily began singing opera as a student at LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City. 

Upcoming Performances

Schedule TBA. Please check back later.