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.
|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|