UCF Music Department
Thomas Potter

Thomas Potter

  • Director of Opera
  • Associate Professor

tpotter@ucf.edu
407 823 4680
Office Hours: by appointment
Campus Location: PACM113
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Baritone Thomas Potter currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level voice,  class in the International Phonetic Alphabet, and serves as UCF Opera's Executive Director. Thomas serves as the faculty advisor for UCF's Student Opera Club. He also teaches at the International Opera Performing Experience in Italy each July.

Prof. Potter began his interest in music performance as a jazz trombonist in High School.  It was while pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education that he began to transform into a singer.  After completing a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at Indiana University [where his voice teachers were Signor Nicola Rossi-Lemeni and Madame Virginia Zeani] and then two years of intensive musicianship and repertoire study with John Wustman [as a special student at the University of Illinois], Thomas continued his training in the Merola, Western Opera Theater, and Adler Fellowship programs with the San Francisco Opera Center.  

In 1986, Potter was a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition in Philadelphia Potter, and as such, was awarded the opportunity to sing alongside Mr. Pavarotti in the resulting production of Verdi’s opera UN BALLO IN MASCHERA.  During his residence in San Francisco, he was honored to sing and rehearse with Mr. Pavarotti on two other occasions [Puccini's LA BOHÈME and Verdi's LA TRAVIATA].

Thomas' operatic repertoire throughout the bulk of his career has centered around the great Verdi baritone roles such as:

  • Renato in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
  • Giorgio Germont in LA TRAVIATA
  • il Conte di Luna in IL TROVATORE
  • MACBETH - title role
  • RIGOLETTO - title role

Additional favorite roles he has performed include:

  • Baron Scarpia in TOSCA
  • Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY
  • Jochanaan in Strauss' SALOME
  • Tonio in Leoncavallo's I PAGLIACCI
  • Marcello & Schaunard in LA BOHÈME
  • all four of the lower-voiced roles on Mozart's DON GIOVANNI [Giovanni, Commendatore, Masetto, & Leporello]

Potter has sung leading roles in numerous International music festivals, including:

  • the Spoleto Music Festival in both Italy and the USA venues [Philip Glass' opera HYDROGEN JUKEBOX]
  • the Ravenna (Italy) Music Festival [ATTILA]
  • the Bregenzer (Austria) Festspiele [NABUCCO]
  • the La Biennale Festival [Ivan Vandor's APPARITIONS] in Venice, Italy
  • the Festival de Inverno - Campos do Jordão [William Walton's BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST] in Brazil

A few of the opera companies with which Potter has performed include:

  • the Teatro Comunale 'Giuseppe Verdi' in Trieste, Italy [DON CARLO]
  • Palm Beach Opera [SALOME, RIGOLETTO, & CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA / PAGLIACCI]
  • Nashville Opera [TURANDOT]
  • Opera Cordoba (Spain) [TOSCA]
  • Opera São Paulo (Brazil) [CARMEN & NABUCCO]
  • Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, France [DON CARLO]
  • Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe, Germany [ATTILA]
  • Atlanta Opera [RIGOLETTO & UN BALLO IN MASCHERA]
  • Utah Opera [SAMSON ET DALILA]
  • Orlando Opera [MADAMA BUTTERFLY & IL TROVATORE]
  • Indianapolis Opera [LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, MACBETH, IL TROVATORE, SAMSON ET DALILA, TURANDOT, LA BOHÈME, THE CRUCIBLE, and FALSTAFF].

From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Potter was engaged by the Stadttheater St. Gallen in Switzerland, singing the roles of Scarpia in TOSCA, Jochanaan in SALOME, Alfio in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, Ezio in ATTILA, Amonasro in AIDA, and Giorgio Germont in LA TRAVIATA, among others.

Concert work continues to play an important role in Potter's career, with credits such as performances:

  • Britten’s WAR REQUIEM in the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Italy
  • Walton's BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST with the São Paulo [Brazil] State Symphony and Chorus
  • Verdi’s MESSA DA REQUIEM with the Florida Orchestra
  • Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Florida Orchestra
  • the North American premiere of Sir David Willcock’s CEREMONY OF PSALMS, a five movement piece for baritone soloist, orchestra, and chorus] in New York City's Carnegie Hall
  • the Italian premiere of Michael Torke’s MASS at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Italy
  • Haydn’s THE CREATION with the Elgin Choral Union in Illinois
  • a concert of ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN and LERNER & LOEWE favorites with the San Francisco Symphony.

Education

  • M.M. in Voice Performance from Indiana University (1983)
  • B.S. in Music Education from Indiana State University (1980)

Activities

Upcoming Activities:
* = singing in performances
** = hosting performances

Courses

No courses found for Spring 2019.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80750 MUO3503L Opera Workshop Face2Face M 3:00PM - 5:00PM Not Online

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 


Auditions
 for Fall 2018 will be held on Tuesday, August 21 @ 1:30pm - see http://music.ucf.edu/ensembleauditions.php#operatab for more information...

The course will meet on Mondays in Room M150 from 3-5pm and also in Studio 1 (Room 107 of the Theater Bldg.) on Fridays from 3-5pm.

The fundamental purpose of the Opera Workshop ensemble is the study and performance of opera. This semester's major project will be an Opera Scenes Program - performed on Sunday, November 18.

Auditions for the Spring 2019 operas will take place in September. Though students not enrolled in Opera Workshop for the fall semester may audition for Spring roles, preference may be given those who are - as they will be available to begin rehearsing the music during the fall semester.

80751 MUO5505L Graduate Opera Workshop Face2Face F 3:00PM - 5:00PM Not Online

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 

Auditions for Fall 2018 will be held on Tuesday, August 21 @ 1:30pm - see http://music.ucf.edu/ensembleauditions.php#operatab for more information...

The course will meet on Mondays in Room M150 from 3-5pm and also in Studio 1 (Room 107 of the Theater Bldg.) on Fridays from 3-5pm.

The fundamental purpose of the Opera Workshop ensemble is the study and performance of opera. This semester's major project will be an Opera Scenes Program - performed on Sunday, November 18.

Auditions for the Spring 2019 operas will take place in September. Though students not enrolled in Opera Workshop for the fall semester may audition for Spring roles, preference may be given those who are - as they will be available to begin rehearsing the music during the fall semester.

80966 MUS1250 Ipa for Singers Face2Face M,F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

IPA for Singers is not restricted to music majors, but any non-majors wishing to take the course must meet with Professor Potter no later than Tuesday, August 21 to obtain the Prerequisite "C.I." (Consent of Instructor) for the course.

IPA meets on Mondays and Fridays from 11:30-12:20 in Room M263 of the Performing Arts Center. The fundamental purpose of this course is developing a familiarity and proficiency with the pronunciation, enunciation and cadence of English, French, German and Italian, especially as pertains to the singing of art songs and arias, facilitated through a study of the International Phonetic Language (IPA), a system for transcribing the speech sounds of any language. The course will include in-class study and discussion of IPA symbols and the execution of their sounds. Assessment may consist of reading, written, and listening assignments, aural dictation, quizzes, and oral and written exams.

Attendance of class is required - there will be a daily quick quiz at the start of each class period.

80236 MVV1411 Voice Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80018 MVV1873 Secondary Voice Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
80239 MVV2421 Voice Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80242 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80482 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80245 MVV4441 Voice Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80722 MVV5451 Voice Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

80525 MVV6452 Voice Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

No courses found for Summer 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10056 MUO3503L Opera Workshop Face2Face F 3:00PM - 5:00PM Not Online

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 


Our principal project for Spring 2018 is the performance of two one act operas:

Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini

 - and a sequel opera to "Schicchi":

Buoso's Ghost by Michael Ching

Auditions for these operas will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - send an email to opera@ucf.edu for details and to reserve an audition time.

Both of the above-mentioned operas will be sung in English, and will be featured as part of the "UCF Celebrates the Arts" Festival at the downtown Dr. Philips Center in April.

10569 MUO5505L Graduate Opera Workshop Face2Face F 3:00PM - 5:00PM Not Online

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 


Our principal project for Spring 2018 is the performance of two one act operas:

Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini

 - and a sequel opera to "Schicchi":

Buoso's Ghost by Michael Ching

Auditions for these operas will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - send an email to opera@ucf.edu for details and to reserve an audition time.

Both of the above-mentioned operas will be sung in English, and will be featured as part of the "UCF Celebrates the Arts" Festival at the downtown Dr. Philips Center in April.

10224 MVV1411 Voice Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

10021 MVV1873 Secondary Voice Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online
No Description Available
10228 MVV2421 Voice Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

10232 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

10465 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

10235 MVV4441 Voice Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

10238 MVV5451 Voice Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

10540 MVV6452 Voice Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Not Online

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80800 MUO3503L Opera Workshop Face2Face W 3:00PM - 5:00PM Available

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 


Auditions
 for Fall 2017 will be held on Tuesday, August 22 @ 1:30pm - see http://music.ucf.edu/ensembleauditions.php#operatab for more information...

The fundamental purpose of the Opera Workshop ensemble is the study and performance of opera. This semester's major project will be an Opera Scenes Program on a theme of American Opera - performed on Friday evening, November 10 and Sunday afternoon, November 12.

Additionally, auditions will be held [in September] for our Spring opera offerings [Puccini's GIANNI SCHICCHI and Michael Ching's sequel opera, BUOSO'S GHOST - both of which will be sung in English].

80801 MUO5505L Graduate Opera Workshop Face2Face F 3:00PM - 5:00PM Available

Open to any UCF student (not restricted to music majors), this ensemble course does require an audition for first-timers... 


Auditions
 for Fall 2017 will be held on Tuesday, August 22 @ 1:30pm - see http://music.ucf.edu/ensembleauditions.php#operatab for more information...

The fundamental purpose of the Opera Workshop ensemble is the study and performance of opera. This semester's major project will be an Opera Scenes Program on a theme of American Opera - performed on Friday evening, November 10 and Sunday afternoon, November 12.

Additionally, auditions will be held [in September] for our Spring opera offerings [Puccini's GIANNI SCHICCHI and Michael Ching's sequel opera, BUOSO'S GHOST - both of which will be sung in English].

81042 MUS1250 Ipa for Singers Face2Face M,F 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available

IPA for Singers meets on Mondays and Fridays from 11:30-12:20 in Room M263 of the Performing Arts Center. The fundamental purpose of this course is developing a familiarity and proficiency with the pronunciation, enunciation and cadence of English, French, German and Italian, especially as pertains to the singing of art songs and arias, facilitated through a study of the International Phonetic Language (IPA), a system for transcribing the speech sounds of any language. The course will include in-class study and discussion of IPA symbols and the execution of their sounds. Assessment may consist of reading, written, and listening assignments, aural dictation, quizzes, and oral and written exams.

Attendance of class is required - there will be a daily quick quiz at the start of each class period.

The final exam for this course will take place in our normal classroom from 10-1 on Wednesday, December 6.

80263 MVV1411 Voice Ⅰ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80018 MVV1873 Secondary Voice Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available
No Description Available
80266 MVV2421 Voice Ⅱ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80269 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80517 MVV3431 Voice Ⅲ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80272 MVV4441 Voice Ⅳ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available

This course is restricted to Music Majors - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Depending on your degree path (and in some cases the seriousness with which you apply yourself to your study), you may be eligible for two, four, six, or eight semesters of applied voice lessons. In every case, we have precious little time to prepare you for the next step in your vocal future. It is my goal to help you achieve your highest potential during this brief time period. That is the concept which drives the ever-more-regimented program instituted in this studio.

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned one 50-minute individual lesson per week

80772 MVV5451 Voice Ⅴ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

80560 MVV6452 Voice Ⅵ Face2Face W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Available

This course is restricted to Master of Arts [Music] degree students who have auditioned and been accepted into that major as voice principals - see the Music Department website for information about auditions into the major, if interested... 

Each student must attend our voice studio class from 11:30-12:20 each and every Wednesday, and will be assigned individual lesson times – Master of Arts students receive one 50-minute lesson each week.

Updated: Apr 5, 2018

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