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Little Patuxent Opera Institute

LPOI - Little Patuxent Opera Institute

The Little Patuxent Opera Institute (LPOI) Registration Form (PDF)

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. Our program is designed to introduce participants to and enhance the development of their 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 classes related to professional development and health. In addition, participants learn from and study under a number of highly respected local, regional, and internationally recognized artists.

To experience the Little Patuxent Opera Institute, look at our photos and videos, which capture the culmination of a summer's worth of learning.

  • Little Patuxent Opera Institute Summer 2018 will be held from June 20, 2018 through July 22, 2018.

  • 2018 LPOI is producing a workshop production of Donizetti's Elixir of Love (L'Elisir d'Amore), to be sung largely in English with the exception of all arias which will be sung in Italian.

    • ​​July 20 & 21 at 7:30pm, Smith Theatre
    • July 22 at 3pm, Smith Theatre

Ticket Information: 

  • Adults: $15.00
  • Seniors & Military: $10.00
  • Students with ID: $7.00
  • Group (6 or more tickets); $11.00

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  • Auditions will be held March 24, April 7, April 13 & April 21 in the Horowitz Center on the campus of Howard Community College.  Call 443-518-4297 to schedule your audition.
  • Audition repertoire requirements:
    • Apprentice Artists - two selections with one being an Italian Art Song or Aria, the second selection may be in a different language (English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish) and may be part of the classical or lighter musical theatre repertoire.
    • Studio Artists - two selections with one being an Italian Aria, the second selection should also be an aria in a different language (English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish) and may be part of the musical theatre/operatic repertoire of Bernstein, Gershwin, Kern, and Weil.
LPOI - 2017 Production of "Too Many Sorpranos"LPOI - 2017 production of "Too Many Sorpranos"

LPOI's 2017 production of Edwin Penhorwood's Too Many Sopranos

LPOI's 2017 production of Edwin Penhorwood's Too Many Sopranos


Our repertoire is based on the outcome of our auditions but often includes:

  • scenes from musical theatre, operetta, or opera, and/or
  • a fully-staged production of a one-act opera; this year we are considering producing one of the four Rossini one-act buffo operas
  • condensed version of a popular opera, or
  • a complete act of a standard repertoire opera; this year we are considering producing Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus

Participants will be notified of music assignments by May 8, and 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 where they can retrieve their music. In addition to the 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: 
Edwin Penhorwood's Too Many Sopranos (2017) 
Wolfgang Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, abridged (2016) 
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)


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, or Russian),
  • Acting, Alexander Technique, Stage Presence class(es), and
  • 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 20-22, 2018, 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 14, 2018. 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. The Thursday before the weekend of performances is "dark" - which means there are no rehearsals - so that our participants can get plenty of rest.

Participants learn from internationally recognized musicians in our Master Class Series with LPOI's Master Teachers.  This year's teachers are Ms. Ah Hong (Peabody Institute of JHU) and Mrs. Ruth Drucker (Retired-Towson State University and Peabody Institute of JHU)


The cost for our Studio Artists program is $1,300.00; for our Apprentice Artists, the cost is $1100.00. That's only $52/day or $44/day respectively! For a five week program with three performance opportunities, plus lessons, master classes, and camaraderie; a real bargain!

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 April 30, 2018. The remaining balance is split into two payments. The first payment is due May 21, 2018 and the balance is due June 11, 2018. All accounts must be paid in full by June 11, 2018, 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.  


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
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
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