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Holman, Leigh Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Holman's research is primarily concentrated in the areas of musical/theatrical stage production, opera direction, development of new American opera works and acting and opera directing pedagogy. Her specialized work is comprised of historical, literary and musical research, creation of original staging for operatic productions, direction and teaching of character development, acting techniques, movement and visual aspects of opera and musical theatre productions. Public performances of her research include Productions of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Mozart's le nozze di Figaro, Heggie's It's a Wonderful Life, Verdi's Nabucco (Opera de Montreal) and Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites. Topical, important research and creative projects focus on new american operatic works, pairing living composers with student vocal artists, researching their works, proposing and initiating musical and/or dramatic changes and public performances of these works.


  • theatrical directing, developing new works with composers, collaborating with scenic and costume designers, acting, teaching operatic acting methods, opera, vocal music, new american operatic music productions, stage direction teaching methods, dramaturgy, American musical theater, opera and musical theater outreach programs, history and literature as is related to opera and theater, score study, dramatic and musical coaching


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global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)