A scene from “Marriage of Figaro”
Oberlin Opera Theater presented the “Marriage of Figaro” for its fall semester opera.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Oberlin Opera Theater has long been synonymous with excellence. Staging two major productions with orchestra each year, Oberlin Opera Theater often challenges the operatic norm, and its performances have received critical acclaim.

Past conductors have included Robert Spano ’84, Stephen Lord, Ward Holmquist, and Ari Pelto. The program has developed some of today’s brightest stars, including Rhiannon Giddens, Alek Shrader, Denyce Graves, Alyson Cambridge, Lisa Saffer, and Daniel Okulitch.

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November 7, 9, 10, 2018, 8 p.m. and November 11, 2018, 2 p.m.

A Salute to Leonard Bernstein, Photo by Julie Gulenko

A Salute to Leonard Bernstein

As the world celebrates the centennial anniversary of one of America’s greatest musicmakers, Oberlin Opera Theater honors Bernstein’s legacy with a dynamic tribute that showcases Trouble in Tahiti—his one-act opera about the elusive American dream—along with music from his Broadway smashes West Side Story, Candide, On the Town, and more.
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January 31, February 1, 4, 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m. and February 3, 2019, 2 p.m.

Proving Up, Photo by Courtesy of Oberlin Conservatory

Proving Up

Based on the short story from Karen Russell’s 2013 collection Vampires in the Lemon Grove, the opera highlights the horrors of one family’s pursuit of land under the post-Civil War Homestead Act in 75 minutes of seamless musical theater.
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March 13, 15, 16, 2019, 8 p.m. and March 17, 2019, 2 p.m.

The Dialogue of the Carmelites, Photo by Courtesy of Oberlin Conservatory

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Francis Poulenc found himself fascinated by the story of the Martyrs of Compiègne, the Carmelite nuns who were guillotined during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror for refusing to abandon their vocation. Poulenc’s libretto, after a play by Georges Bernanos, presents a fictionalized version of the story of these brave women who faced their fate together, singing in defiant unison as one by one they ascended the scaffold.
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