TMU’s first opera was performed in 1990 under the baton of program founder, Dr. Kimberlyn Jones. Directors have changed over the years, but the goal remains the same: to create an enjoyable and accessible performance experience while expanding listeners’ horizons in an art form that is worthy of exploration. Whether learning roles, completing character studies, helping with sets and costumes or learning how to create a workable resume in the music industry, the goal of TMU Opera is excellence for the glory of God, the giver of all creativity and beauty.
TMU Opera is typically a semester project that concludes in a staged production. Performances range from selected opera scenes in concert setting to fully staged and costumed shows accompanied by orchestra. Works of the masters as well as more contemporary composers are represented.
“Opera Buddies” is a group created for individuals from our community who love this particular art form and want to help support opera at TMU!
If you’d like to become an “Opera Buddy” and financially support the growth and continuation of TMU Opera, please click below and be sure to designate your donation to “TMU Vocal Performance.”
Previous Operas Performed
The Telephone, Menotti
The Mikado, Gilbert & Sullivan
Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti
Scenes performed from:
Cosi fan tutte, Mozart
The Old Maid and the Thief, Menotti
Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss
The Ballad of Baby Doe, Moore
La Cenerentola, Rossini
The Magic Flute, Mozart
Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky
The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nicolai
The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
Gianni Schicchi, Puccini
The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert & Sullivan
Date for this year’s opera scenes (live or live-streamed): Friday, April 23 at 7:30 pm, 2020
Prof. Sarah Dixon is Director of Vocal Studies at The Master’s University and teaches individual voice, English and Foreign Language Diction, Vocal Pedagogy and Literature, Performance Practicum and the Recital classes. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from The Master’s University and a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Arts from California State University, Northridge where she studied with Dr. Deanna Murray. Prof. Dixon has sung in Israel, Spain, Italy, France, Russia and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall. Her concert repertoire includes solos from Rutter’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Creation as well as performance experience in opera and musical theater. Her favorite roles have been Marian in The Music Man, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Wendy in Peter Pan and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte. Prof. Dixon has led various voice workshops and masterclasses as well as co-founded a summer music camp for young singers, “Songs of Summer”. She has been an adjudicator for the Santa Clarita Choral Educator’s Association Scholarship Auditions, the ACSI Musicale, NATS SEP auditions and the Invitational High School Choral Festival in Santa Clarita. She sings regularly in her church choir at Grace Baptist Church and is also a member of the Pacific Chorale, the Old Town Carolers and enjoys singing for studio recordings from time to time. Sarah has been married to her husband, Matt, for twelve years and they have two boys, Isaiah and Zac.
Grace enjoys a versatile musical career as a pianist, chamber musician, and teacher in the Los Angeles area. Lim holds two degrees from Rice University (B.M.) in Piano Performance and Music Theory and Master’s Degree (M.M.) from University of Southern California, where she held a teaching assistantship in the area of Keyboard Collaborative Arts. Grace joined the music department at TMU as an Opera Coach and Collaborative Pianist, providing musical direction and diction coaching to vocal students. She enjoys collaborating because she is passionate about truly getting to know people during the process and hopes to pursue musical excellence while maintaining a strong partnership. She has worked extensively in recitals and masterclasses with renowned musicians, including William Bolcom, Jake Heggie, John Harbison, Jacques Ammon, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, and John Owings. Her mentors include Alan Louis Smith, Jeanne Kierman Fischer, and Yung Mee Rhee.