Oberlin Opera has long been synonymous with excellence. Staging two major productions with orchestra each year, Oberlin Opera 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 6, 8, 9, 2019, 8 p.m. and November 10, 2019, 2 p.m.

A Midsummer Night‘s Dream., Photo by Arthur Rackham Alamy Stock Photo

A Midsummer Night‘s Dream

Britten’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream has become one of the most frequently performed operas from the second half of the 20th century.
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January 29–February 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

The Wild Beast of The Bungalow., Photo by Ryan Bauer-Walsh

The Wild Beast of The Bungalow

Quirky and darkly comic, The Wild Beast of the Bungalow follows an 11-year-old girl through a triptych of short operas, and is the inaugural work presented by the Oberlin Opera Commissioning Project, made possible by Elizabeth and Justus ’71 Schlichting.
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March 13, 2020, 8 p.m. (Livestream)

Così Fan Tutte., Photo by Yevhen Gulenko

Così Fan Tutte

Così fan tutte, loosely translated as “they’re all like that,” plays its cynicism for laughs with its sharply satirical take on relationships between men and women.
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