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Holman, Leigh Associate Professor

Positions

Research Areas research areas

Research

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.

keywords

  • 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

Teaching

courses taught

  • PMUS 4137 - Opera Theatre 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Addresses issues related to young artist development. Areas of concentration include (but are not limited to) acting technique, resume preparation, audition technique, scene analysis, and role preparation. The acting technique is addressed in this course through textbook reading and exercise. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • PMUS 4147 - Opera Theatre 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Continuation of PMUS 4137. Further scene analysis andmovement exercises are addressed in this class. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • PMUS 4157 - Opera Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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  • PMUS 5137 - Opera Theatre 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Addresses issues related to young artist development at the graduate level. Areas of concentration will include (but are not limited to) acting technique for singers, resume preparation and scene and character analysis. Students will participate in acting and improvisation exercises. Substantial classical voice study is required. Recommended prerequisite: Voice Majors only. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • PMUS 5147 - Opera Theatre 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Continuation of PMUS 5137. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • PMUS 5157 - Opera Theatre Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
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Background

International Activities

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