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Opera 101 at Georgia State University

The Harrower Workshop, better known as Opera 101, offers a unique and all- encompassing experience to its students. Based at Atlanta's Georgia State University, the workshop teaches aspiring opera singers everything from applying stage makeup to the art of sword fighting.

Founded in 1980 by Georgia State music professors Irene Callaway Harrower and her late husband, Peter, the opera workshop introduces young artists to an art form with a long classical history. The workshop provides an intense three-week experience for the opera students and is scheduled with voice classes for both groups and private individuals lead by some of the genre's finest singers and teachers.

One such teacher is Marni Nixon. Nixon is well known in the opera world, and people outside that world will recognize her from her voice over work for some of the most famous actresses in Hollywood. She provided the singing voice of Natalie Wood in "West Side Story" and for Debra Carr in each of her movies. Currently under the leadership of artistic director Dwight Coleman, the workshop helps devoted opera singers make their dreams come true. To learn more about the Harrower Workshop and Georgia State's College of Arts and Sciences, go to the website.