Program Overview

Opera Theater

Program Type: Concentration
Division: Vocal Studies

Opera Theater program courses focus on various acting technique, musical style, linguistic accuracy, performance readiness, and audition skills. The faculty and coaches provide training in role study, movement and dance, staging, musicianship, directing, and diction and language skills. Each semester’s coursework culminates in a performance of scenes from the standard 18th- through 20th-century repertory and selected contemporary works.

women sitting on stage
Oberlin Opera Theater's production of the “Rape of Lucretia” was complemented by a series of programs that addressed the often tragic role of women in art throughout the ages to Lucretia’s relevance in 21st-century America. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Oberlin Opera Theater

Oberlin Opera Theater presents two major productions with orchestra each year, in addition to a small-scale opera that is usually produced during winter term. Recent shows have included La finta giardinieraAlbert HerringStreet Scene, and the Rape of Lucretia. Students enrolled in various opera classes also perform in a program of opera scenes presented each semester. During the summer, consider performing off campus and in the community via the annual Oberlin Summer Theater Festival.

Upcoming Opera Theater Events

Sample Courses

  • OPTH 202 - Intro to Opera: Performing Techniques 2 credits
  • OPTH 306 - Opera Workshop 4 credits
  • OPTH 406 - Seminar in Directing 4 credits
  • OPTH 501 - Advanced Seminar in Opera 4 credits

Opera Theater News

participants in an opera production gather together on stage

Backstage Magic

May 26, 2020
Oberlin productions—and the students who mount them—dispel the myth that opera is just for conservatory musicians.
singer performing onstage

Eyeing Her Finnish Line

May 22, 2020
Soprano Maggie Kinabrew ’20 bolsters ties to her ancestral music through a Fulbright opportunity in Helsinki.