LA Opera’s HBCU Opera Career Comprehensive, led by Artist in Residence Russell Thomas, nurtures, supports and elevates the skills of talented young singers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


Meet the 2022 Participants
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Top row: soprano Samara Bowden (Oakwood University); baritone Jaron Darden (Morgan State University); mezzo-soprano Maya Davis (Jackson State University); soprano Emily Garcia - (Prairie View A&M University)

Bottom row: tenor Bryan Jefferson, Jr. (Jackson State University); tenor Antoin Marshall (Alcorn State University); soprano Madison Perry (Jackson State University); tenor Marvin Allen Wayne III (Morehouse College).

This free program consists of 10 online courses that gives participants valuable training and insights into the opera industry. Current students and recent graduates of HBCU's will work closely with renowned tenor Russell Thomas and other outstanding LA Opera and industry staff.

“My goal is to build a bridge between outstanding HBCU singers and the influential people who are working at the top of the opera field," said Artist in Residence and program leader Russell Thomas. “This virtual mentorship program will help these singers take their talents to the next level. I want to help level the playing field and show the opera world that these singers are just as talented as those coming from other schools; they just haven't had the same opportunities.”

Interested in learning more about the program? Explore the curriculum, its schedule, and find out how to apply below.