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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 Type:
  • Concentration

Opera Theater students take courses on technique, performance readiness, musicianship, musical style, and linguistic accuracy. You’ll have weekly private lessons with a voice teacher and participate in studio classes. You have a chance to perform with student and professional ensembles, choirs, Oberlin Opera Theater, mainstage theater, a cappella groups, and more.

Program Director

Jonathon Field

Associate Professor of Opera Theater
Division Affiliation

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant (440) 775-8198

Why Study Opera Theater at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Associated Faculty
Annual Productions
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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

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