The University of Arizona Opera Theater presents two main-stage opera productions during the school year. These productions are sung in the original language, with English super titles, and presented fully staged and costumed with orchestral accompaniment in 540 seat Crowder Hall. These productions are usually double cast and are selected in consultation with our voice faculty. Recent productions include Leoncavallo’s “L’Amico Fritz”, Argento’s “Postcard from Morocco”, Offenbach’s “La Perichole” and Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia”. During the 2009-10 school year we will present Ward’s “The Crucible” and Cimarosa’s “Il Matrimonio Segreto”. The stage director for these productions is Charles Roe while Thomas Cockrell serves as the music director and conductor.

In addition to our main-stage productions, two operatic scene programs with piano accompaniment are offered to the public. Kristin Dauphinais is the director of the opera scene program.

Our aim is to identify and help develop the potential of the singer through emphasis on stage movement, score and text analysis, character development and role study, musical style, and production methods.

Many of our student singers are hired to sing small roles and chorus with the Arizona Opera Company, a professional company based in Tucson that offers five productions annually. Also, we are actively involved in introducing school-aged children to opera through the Opening Minds Though the Arts program, affiliated with the Tucson Unified School District.

For further information concerning the opera program, please contact Professor Charles Roe at roec@u.arizona.edu.