Program Overview

Opera Theater

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.

Seated on a bench, a young man converses with an older woman in a fur coat.
Opera at the 'Sco featured an opera theater production of “Strawberry Fields’’ in which an elderly woman with dementia mistakes a bench in Central Park’s Strawberry Fields for her seat at the opera.
Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Program Facts

Program Director

Jonathon Field,
Associate Professor of Opera Theater

On stage, two women sit next to a basket.
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

Opera Theater Productions

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.

Opera Theater Faculty

Opera Theater News

Emperor's New Rules

July 23, 2021

Oberlin Opera Theater presents a surrealist work by Mollicone and a comedy by Menotti July 29-August 2.
Two actors performing on a stage.