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Little Patuxent Opera Institute

LPOI 2014 has come to an end.
Congratulations to the Participants on their
amazing performances of 10 opera and musical theatre scenes,
and Henry Mollicone's opera Children of the Sun.

Visit our Facebook page to see the photos!
Visit our YouTube channel to hear the music!

The Little Patuxent Opera Institute (LPOI) offers training for moderately advanced young operatic voices in a warm and nurturing collegiate environment. To succeed in the professional opera field, aspiring singers must master many skills and have a variety of tools at their disposal. Our program is designed to introduce participants to and enhance the development of these tools and skills, while providing valuable, meaningful performance opportunities and experience. Students receive group and private instruction on the various elements of operatic performance and classical vocal arts, including character development, technique, stage movement and blocking, and a broad spectrum of professional development and health. In addition, participants learn from and study under a number of highly respected local, regional, and internationally recognized artists. Find out more about our faculty here.

Please note that TMI is unable to run this summer's LPOI program.  Please check back in the fall for information regarding next summer's program.

Jesenia Jackson, left, and Alicia Rosser reminisce of their loves as Fiordiligi and Dorabella in Mozart's opera Cosi fan tutteElissa DeStefano and Aaron Crouch, as Papagena and Papageno, sing about the many chicks they will hatch in Mozart's opera, Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)
Jesénia Jackson, left, and Alicia Rosser reminisce of their loves as Fiordiligi and Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutteElissa DeStefano and Aaron Crouch, as Papagena and Papageno, sing about the many chicks they will hatch in
Die Zauberflöte


Our repertoire is based on the outcome of our auditions but often includes:
scenes from musical theatre, operetta, or opera,
a fully-staged production of a one-act opera,
condensed version of a popular opera, or
a complete act of a standard repertoire opera.

Participants will be notified of music assignments by May 9th
and are expected to have their roles learned, preferably memorized, by the start of the program.

In an effort to "go green", music will be made available through the Google Drive.
Participants will receive an email with an invitation to the Drive where they can
retrieve their music. In addition to the Drive invitation,
links to YouTube videos for study assistance will also be made available.

Past Productions have included scenes from:
Mark Adamo's Little Women
Leonard Bernstein's Candide and Trouble in Tahiti
Georges Bizet's Carmen
Jerry Bock's Fiddler on the Roof
Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia,
Peter Grimes, and A Midsummer Night's Dream
Léo Delibes' Lakme
Gaetano Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore
Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado
Marvin Hamlisch' A Chorus Line
Georg Friedrich Händel's Alcina
Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief

Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Così fan tutte,
Die Zauberflöte, and Le Nozze di Figaro
Jacques Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème and Madama Butterfly
Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music
Lucy Simon's The Secret Garden
Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods
Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier
Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sir John in Love
Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata and Falstaff
Carl Maria von Weber's
Der Freischütz

Complete works performed are:
Henry Mollicone's Children of the Sun (2014)

Ned Rorem's A Childhood Miracle (2013)
Douglas Moore's Gallantry (2013)
Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel (2012)
Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas (2010)
Giacomo Puccini's Suor Angelica (2009)

LPOI Participants in a scene from Douglas Moore's opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe.LPOI Participants in a duet from Georges Bizet's opera, Carmen.

A scene from Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe
(LtoR: Andrea Mays, LaShelle Bray, Patricia Hengen,
and Jade Vaughan)

"Parle-moi de ma mère" duet
from Georges Bizet's opera, Carmen. (LaShelle Bray
and Carl Hengen)


At our initial meeting, titled Death by Aria, participants introduce themselves to their colleagues by singing their favorite Aria or Art Song.

A typical day at LPOI includes some combination of the following:

Music and/or Staging rehearsals
Private vocal lessons and/or coachings
Diction (French, Italian, German, English, or Russian)
Acting, Alexander Technique, Dance, Movement, Stage Presence class(es)

Special Topic Seminars including but not limited to audition and/or role preparation, vocal health, and career promotion

Adjustments are made based upon individual and group needs.


LPOI culminates in a weekend of performances, July 24 - 26, 2015,
in which all participants perform for their family, friends, communities, and the public at large.

This is when we perform our scene selections and opera works.

In preparation for our workshop performances, "Tech Week" is scheduled to begin on Saturday, July 18.
ALL participants must be available and present during Tech Week - NO EXCEPTIONS.
We often schedule rehearsals on the Saturday and/or Sunday of Tech Week depending on where we are musically and production-wise. Usually, the Thursday before the weekend of performances is "dark" - which means there are no rehearsals - so that our participants can get plenty of rest.

In addition to our Workshop Performance Weekend, participants are invited to perform on an
Aria and Art Song Recital on the evening of Thursday July 16, 2015.

And last, but certainly not least, participants learn from internationally recognized
musicians in our Master Class Series with LPOI's Master Teachers.

Jade Vaughan (the Announcer) and her flock of Billy Boy back-ups (LtoR: Elissa DeStefano, Jesenia Jackson, Devante Williams, Alicia Rosser, Anne Fanelli, Aaron Crouch, Romaire Rodriguez) roll out a commercial for Lochinvar Soap in Douglas Moore's Gallantry.Violet (Patricia Hengen) and Peony (LaShelle Bray) look on their new snow brother (Carl Hengen) as he tells the tale of his journey in Rorem's A Childhood Miracle.
Jade Vaughan (center, the Announcer) and her flock of Billy Boy back-ups
(LtoR: Elissa DeStefano, Jesénia Jackson, Devanté Williams, Alicia Rosser,
Anne Fanelli, Aaron Crouch, and Romaire Rodriguez) rolling out a
commercial for Lochinvar Soap in Douglas Moore's Gallantry.
Sisters Violet (Patricia Hengen, left) and Peony (LaShelle Bray)
look on their new snow brother (Carl Hengen) as he tells the
tale of his journey in Ned Rorem's A Childhood Miracle.


The cost for our Studio Artists program is $1300.00; for our Apprentice Artists, the cost is $1100.00. That's only $52/day or $44/day respectively! For a 5-week program with four performance opportunities, plus lessons, master classes, and comraderie, that's a steal.

No fee is required to audition, but to hold your spot in our program, a non-refundable deposit (1/3 of tuition) is due with the completed registration form by May 1, 2015. The remaining balance is split into two payments. The first payment is due May 22, 2015 and the balance is due June 12, 2015. All accounts must be paid in full by June 12, 2015, in order for that student to participate in the program. Participants may be able to receive one college credit for an additional fee. Merit scholarships may also be available. Please contact the office with any questions or for more information at (443) 518-4297.  To download the LPOI 2015 registration form, please click here.


Our program is open to all vocalists, ages 16 and up (ages 14 and 15 by authorization of the LPOI Artistic Director only).

Participants in high school are designated as Apprentice Artists while those in or beyond college are Studio Artists.

The chart below shows which opportunities are available to each type of participant.

Participation in 2 Master ClassesParticipation in 1 Master Class
Invitation to Participate in 1 RecitalInvitation to Participate in 1 Recital
Participation in at least 2 scenesParticipation in at least 1 scene
Cast in the Opera(s)May be cast in the opera
as chorus or as needed