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Opera Performance Workshop

July 15-19, 2014

For further information, see the brochure.

The Viterbo University Opera Performance Workshop is created for young singers to explore performance practices in the opera genre in a true learning environment. University undergraduates (or those with recently completed undergraduate degrees), and high school juniors and seniors will be given the opportunity to participate in daily music and staging rehearsals culminating in a performance of opera scenes on Saturday, July 19. Singers who are interested in a vocal performance career will find this workshop to be a great asset in their operatic training.


Each registrant must audition in person or submit a 5 - 10 minute CD or DVD with his or her registration.  This will be used when determining roles and scenes for each performer. Live auditions may be scheduled with Dan Johnson-Wilmot when registration is submitted.  After roles have been determined, performers will receive their music in the mail to learn prior to arrival at camp. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 applicants.  Contact Dan Johnson-Wilmot, or 608-796-3761 for information.

After a successful audition, you will be given a web address where you can register for the Opera Workshop.

Tuition is $295
Registration deadline is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Full payment is due Sunday, June 1, 2014.

Workshop cost (for those staying in on-campus housing and those commuting to campus) includes music rehearsal, staging and coaching instruction, and all instructional materials. There will be evening activities scheduled throughout the course of the workshop.

Daily Activities

The training in rehearsals for the opera performances is designed to develop the complete singer. These include staging of opera scenes, acting and movement, scene study, and vocal coaching. When you register online, you will see a sample daily workshop schedule.

Housing, Meals, and Activities

Participants can choose between commuting or residing on the beautiful Viterbo University campus Two-bedroom air conditioned apartments with small, unfurnished kitchenettes are available for $145 double occupancy (one person per bedroom) or $100 quad occupancy (four people per apartment, two per bedroom). All prices include bed linens and taxes. Towels and one pillow are provided, but you may bring extras.

Resident Assistants and an adult chaperone will be present in the residence hall and are available to provide assistance.

$100 ..... Quad occupancy (two people per bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment)
$145 ..... Double occupancy (one person per bedroom in a two-bedroom apartment)

Meals will be a la carte at the Market Place Restaurant located in the Mayo Hospital—one block from the Fine Arts Center. It features a full service restaurant with made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner items Hot entrees are offered daily, and soup, salad bar, and desserts are available to complement your meal. There is also a grab-n-go sandwich station.

For $15, Opera Workshop attendees can access the Mathy Center, which is located on the Viterbo campus a short walk from our on-campus apartments. The week-long membership to the Mathy Center permit you access to the fitness center, gym, and indoor track. Visit for more information.

Opera Workshop Faculty

Daniel Johnson-Wilmot, workshop director,  is a professor of music in the music department at Viterbo University. In his 41st year at Viterbo, he teaches Applied Voice, Opera Workshop, and Vocal Pedagogy. Works he has directed include The Marriage of Figaro, The Consul, The Robbers, Dido and Aeneas, Hansel and Gretel, Amahl and the Night Visitors Cinderella, The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, and numerous one-act operas.

Diana Cataldi received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College —Conservatory of Music, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in vocal performance and pedagogy at Ohio State University in 2010. She joined the Viterbo faculty in 2013 teaching applied voice, music theory, and opera. She has been the soprano soloist for such works as Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with various organizations including the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Brent Wilson, a Los Angeles based tenor, is an avid soloist, recitalist, and specializes in operatic character repertoire. Wilson serves as the chorus master of Opera Santa Barbara and is the director of voice and opera at Ventura College. He received a B.A. from Augustana College, an M.M. from the Boston University School of Music and Opera Institute. He has taught on faculty at the Tanglewood Institute through Boston University, and at Augustana College.

David Richardson received a B.M. in piano performance from Boston University and an M.M. in vocal accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music. He has worked with many opera companies including the Boston Lyric, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera as well as the Janiec and Aspen Opera Companies. Richardson is a former music staff at Boston University’s School of Music, Opera Institute, and Tanglewood Institute in addition to the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music.

Judy Stafslien received degrees in piano performance and music education from Viterbo University. She is a faculty member of the Viterbo music department and the musical and artistic director of the La Crosse BoyChoir. Stafslien is an active performer and professional accompanist throughout the Coulee Region, as well as Europe. She is a staff accompanist for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and has performed in Master Class with Jorg Demus in addition to studying with Hans Kann in Vienna.

If you have questions about Opera Workshop registration, please contact Beth Franklin, Arts Education Coordinator, at 608-796-3735 or