The USD Opera Workshop is an ensemble engaged in the training of students for performance in opera, operetta, and musical theater. Led by experienced professionals in theater, opera, vocal production, and musical direction, the course explores the challenges faced by the singer-actor: releasing the full expressive capabilities of body, breath, and voice as an integrated performing instrument; analyzing music for clues to characterization; and working as part of an ensemble with other singers and instrumentalists. Course work includes actor training, vocal coaching, and scene work, culminating in a public performance. Students experience firsthand the unique communicative power inherent in the genre of music theater. Past performances have included scenes from works by Mozart, Humperdinck, Menotti, Copland, and Sondheim.