"Opera is not only alive and well at Oberlin, it's also adventurous."
- Donald Rosenberg, Plain Dealer

Staging two major productions each year, Oberlin Opera Theater is known for artistic excellence and innovation. Whether presenting a bold, new interpretation of a classic, the world premiere of a contemporary work, or a historically informed version of a little-known baroque gem, Oberlin Opera Theater often challenges operatic norms. Its productions have received the highest critical acclaim from local and national publications, earning positive reviews in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Plain Dealer.

Many great artists have worked on Oberlin operas. Past conductors have included Robert Spano, Stephen Lord, Ward Holmquist, and Ari Pelto, and the program has developed some of today’s brightest stars, including Denyce Graves, Franco Farina, Alyson Cambridge, Christopher Robertson, Lisa Saffer, and Robert Sims. In 2002, 2003, 2007, and 2008, Oberlin graduates Carolyn Betty, Alyson Cambridge, Alek Shrader, and Edward Parks, respectively, won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

This blog will explore one of the world's great operatic training grounds, offering candid student perspectives on what happens behind the scenes of an Oberlin Opera Theater production.

Latest Blog Entries

REVIEW: Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera
by Daniel McGrew
Read the review in which Jarrett Hoffman of Cleveland Classical credits Johnathan Field for "putting his own uniquely bunny-shaped stamp on all our memories."...
››› March 30, 2015 | 0 Responses

A Winter Term Double Bill
by Daniel McGrew
This month, Oberlin Opera Theatre presents a Winter Term double-bill of Menotti's The Telephone and Torke's Strawberry Fields. Performances are Friday, January 30th at 8:00pm and Saturday, January 31st at 2:00 pm. All performances presented at the 'Sco, in the...
››› January 29, 2015 | 0 Responses

Being Sam and Rose
by Daniel McGrew
In Oberlin's production of Weill's Street Scene, Katie Skayhan as Rose Maurrant and Joshua Blue as Sam Kaplan unite to tell a story of Love and Loss - that's two capital L's - on par with some of opera's greatest,...
››› November 5, 2014 | 0 Responses

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