Opera study at North Broward Preparatory School lays the foundation for musicians to discover their passions and succeed in opera and classical music careers.
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We offer instruction in Italian, French, and German diction and translation, Music Theory, Piano, and more. Our distinguished vocal faculty fosters artistic growth through personalized learning and performance in large-scale operas and chamber productions.  These productions have included The Magic Flute, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cendrillon, Gianni Schicchi, Hansel and Gretel, and others.  Through these experiences, our vocalists find their artistic voice and gain the tools for success for college programs in both opera and musical theater and beyond.


Alumni Spotlight

“The North Broward Arts Academy prepared me with a well-rounded training in the arts. It encouraged me to participate not only in the theater productions but the operas as well. My vocal training in classical voice allowed my voice to grow in unimaginable ways. Being exposed to different styles and vocal techniques really facilitated this process. It also allowed me to constantly push myself to greater limits as I practiced for the shows and classical voice competitions. The Arts Academy motivated me to pursue my passions and encouraged me to explore them all. The wonderful program and faculty-guided me every step of my high school years and college preparation. Without them, I would not be where I am today.”

- Juliana Castillo, freshman at NYU, Musical Theatre Major


Throughout my four years at North Broward, I was given countless performing opportunities that helped me become a well-rounded musician and performer. I was able to perform in operas such as Le Nozze di Figaro and Cendrillon, which sparked my passion for being an opera singer as well as give me an incredible experience in a fostered learning environment.  While participating in several productions, I worked with world-class directors, collaborative pianists, and instrumentalists. Being able to work with amazing faculty who helped my musicianship, vocal technique, acting, and career goals truly shaped the musician I am today.

- Shayna Singer, Sophomore at Florida State University, Vocal Performance/Music Education Double Major


Faculty Spotlight

 Daniel Gerdes, tenor, a native of Islip, New York, received his degrees in Vocal Performance from Florida State University and from New England Conservatory. He made his international debut as Paride in Gluck’s Paride ed Elena with Opera Piccola Bremen in Germany. He was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre Saint Louis where he covered the role of Pedrillo in The Abduction from the Seraglio and returned to the Opera Theatre Saint Louis to sing the role of Spirit of the Masque in Britten’s’ Gloriana, Borsa in Rigoletto. Mr. Gerdes was a young artist with The Merola Opera Program at San Francisco Opera, where he covered the role of Ernesto in Don Pasquale. He covered the role of Count Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims with the New York City Opera. He sang the tenor soloist for Carmina Burana with the Tupelo Symphony and the Evangelist in Bach’s Johannes Passion with the Florida State University Symphony. He sang A Man with a Paint Box in Postcard from Morocco, Dr.S in Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Il Conte d’Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with the Boston University Opera Institute. He returned to Santa Fe Opera as an apprentice and sang the role of Benedict in Béatrice et Bénédict in the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice scene program. He was the Tenor Soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Shostakovich’s From Jewish Folk Poetry both with Florida Atlantic University, the Tenor Soloist in Mozart’s Requiem the Evangelist in Bach’s Johannes Passion both with the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and Alfred in Die Fledermaus at Mississippi College. He was Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Winter Opera Saint Louis and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with Opera Louisiane. He was the tenor soloist for both the Messiah and L’enfance du Christ with the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra and debuted with Florida Grand Opera as Third Jew in Salome.