Opera Theatre

The USU Opera Theatre offers students the opportunity to participate in a fully-staged opera every year under the musical direction of Professor Dallas Heaton. Focusing on repertoire in English, undergraduates are able to focus on the fundamentals of stagecraft - the art of telling a story through sight and song. Professional guest stage directors are brought in from across the country and around the world to give students an authentic experience and further preparation for a career as a performer or teacher of opera.

Performances take place in the recently-renovated Utah Theatre, located on Logan's 'theater block' downtown. The Opera Theatre has been an excellent starting place for young opera students, many of whom have gone on to study opera at some of the nation's finest graduate schools and conservatories and then on to enjoy an accomplished operatic career with prominent opera companies around the world.

In addition to full productions, students also have the opportunity to prepare roles and selected scenes through a yearly Opera Scenes program tailored to individual voices. Through close collaboration with voice professors, students are able to acquire a comprehensive set of necessary musical, technical, and acting skills that can serve as a foundation for continued growth. Opera scholarships are also available, providing additional performing opportunities as part of the Marie Eccles Caine-Russell Family Opera Outreach Quartet. The quartet tours the region performing a children's opera at schools across northern Utah and southern Idaho. Recipients for the 2014-15 school year are Rebecca Solberg, soprano; Kimberly Ann Robbins, mezzo-soprano; Jacob Spjute, tenor; and Jaron Putnam, baritone.

The USU Opera Theatre is excited to announce its upcoming production of Menotti's Help, Help, the Globolinks! in collaboration with the USU Symphony Orchestra in April 2015.

Past Performances include:

Spring 2014 The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nicolai
Spring 2013 Die Fledermaus, Strauss
Spring 2012 Radio Soap Opera (The Old Maid & The Thief and other Menotti excerpts)
Spring 2011 Giulio Ceasare, Handel; The Magic Flute, Mozart
Fall 2010 Seussical, Flaherty (in collaboration with the USU Theatre Department).
Spring 2010 Gianni Schicci, Puccini, scenes from The Merry Wives of Windsor, Niccolai, Louise, Charpentier, and Albert Herring, Benjamin Britten
Fall 2009 Savitri, Holst, The Wolf and the Seven Kids, written by student Shane Mickelson, and Scenes from Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart
Fall 2009 Sweeney Todd, Sondheim and Wheeler (in collaboration with the USU Theatre Department)
Spring 2009 La Rondine, Puccini
Fall 2008 Marta, Flowtow
Spring 2008 Luisa Fernanda, Torroba
Fall 2007 Amahl and the Night Visitors, Menotti
Fall 2007 Hansel und Gretel, Humperdinck
Spring 2007 L'Elisir d'Amore, Donizetti
Fall 2006 The Tender Land, Copland
Spring 2006 The Ballad of Baby Doe, Moore
Fall 2005 The Bartered Bride, Smetana
Spring 2005 Riders to the Sea, Vaughn-Williams
Spring 2005 Trial By Jury, Gilbert and Sullivan
Fall 2004 La Vida Breve, de Falla
Spring 2004 L'enfant et les sortileges, Ravel
Spring 2004 The Old Maid and the Thief, Menotti
Fall 2003 Signor Deluso, Pasatieri
Fall 2003 Suor Angelica, Puccini




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