Online Voice Lessons

Opera Viva! offers online voice lessons
to assist you with:

  • College and graduate school application prep
  • Fine-tuning your technique and repertoire for your upcoming recital
  • Learning to apply healthy vocal technique in your detailed study of opera arias and role preparation
  • Boosting your skills and confidence

We pride ourselves in the skill and dedication of our faculty, and are excited to offer online voice lessons to our Opera Viva! young artists alumni and new students alike. Alumni can continue the Verona experience and carry on with their opera studies. Students can opt for personalized and tailored instruction in classical voice, jazz or musical theater.

Connect with our world-class faculty in real-time for online voice lessons

Classical Voice Lessons

Katherine Ciesinski

GRAMMY Award winner Katherine is a master performer and teacher. She is Professor of Voice at the Eastman School of Music and serves as a University of Rochester Faculty Diversity Officer.

She has been with Opera Viva! in Verona for several years and for the last decade has served on the international faculty of the Artescénica Encuentro Operistico in Mexico.

Her current and former students are now found in every facet of the professional vocal music world, including regular guests and members of major and regional opera companies in Europe, the United States, and South America; as well as the apprentice programs of the Santa Fe, Chicago Lyric, San Francisco, Orlando, Fort Worth, and Des Moines Metro Operas; on the faculties of Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Puget Sound, Lone Star College, and the University of South Dakota; and includes the founder of the Lone Star Lyric Theater Festival, a Fulbright scholar, and myriad Metropolitan, international, and regional competition winners.

Katherine has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, Scottish Opera, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and Santa Fe Opera, and in recent years in Brussels, Toronto, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Madrid, Paris, Fort Worth, Mexico City, Omaha, St. Louis and Hawaii. She performed to critical acclaim in several world premieres including Mark Adamo’s Little Women (Houston), Dominick Argento’s The Aspern Papers (Dallas), Maurice Ohana’s La Celestine (title role, Paris Opera), Girolamo Arrigo’s Il Ritorno di Casanova (Geneva), Param Vir’s Snatched by the Gods (Amsterdam and Munich)

In 2018, Katherine won a GRAMMY award for singing a leading role in the Houston Symphony’s live recording of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck.  It was the first nomination and win in the history of the Houston Symphony in the category of Best Opera Recording.

The New York Times called Katherine Ciesinski “a singer of rare communicative presence, and a musician of discrimination and intelligence.”




Voice Lessons: Musical Theater & Jazz

Liz Turner

Liz Turner is an accomplished performer, writer and educator who has captivated audiences and students across the globe. She obtained her M.M and B.M in Vocal Performance from the Berklee College of Music and studied Arts Administration at NYU.

Trained in classical, jazz and musical theater, her warm voice, playful attitude, and vibrant inner beauty come alive on stage and in the classroom. With international and cabaret influences, Liz performs and writes deeply from the heart, and is never afraid to pour out heart-felt emotions through music, acting and writing. She has performed with contemporary artists Amy Grant, Maggos Herrera, Javier Limon, and has worked on films with legendary directors Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Roman Coppola. In 2017 Liz was awarded the Alumni Ambassador of the Year award from Berklee College of Music for her contributions to the music industry and for her ongoing support of students and other alumni.

Liz has performed at world-class venues including Carnegie Hall, The Vatican, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Palau de les Artes Reina Sofia in Valencia, and Symphony Space in Manhattan. She has also performed with the Amore Opera, NY Lyric Opera and Regina Opera companies of New York City. Liz is currently working to bring her musical Ciao Bambino to the New York City stage.

“He who sings prays twice.”
– St. Augustine