TU Opera Theatre is open through audition to all qualified students interested in exploring the Opera experience. Complete works and programs of opera scenes are given, drawing from the standard and contemporary literature of opera, operetta, and musical theatre. Character and music development are stressed, as well as backstage organization and proper stage deportment.
In previous years, TU Opera Theatre has performed Mozart’s Così fan tutte, in Italian, fully staged and with orchestra, and performed a concert version of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. In addition, Tulsa Opera invited the class to perform for their “Exploring Opera” class. TU Opera Theatre has also performed an updated fully-staged version of von Flotow’s operetta, Martha, which was be set in the 1920’s as Thoroughly Modern Martha, sung with a new English translation, and performed with orchestra.
TU Opera Theatre also explores different genres of operettas, having performed Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, as well as a zarzuela, La Dolorosa. Our most recently-planned opera, Puccini’s tragedy Suor Angelica, had to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, but as soon as performances are allowed, operas will again be presented!
As with all School of Music ensembles, TU Opera Theater is open to all TU full-time undergraduate students!
For any questions, contact the Associate Professor of Music in Opera Studies and Voice, Brady McElligott.