Oberlin

"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

Dreams Come True at Oberlin Opera Theater's Cendrillon
by Conservatory Communications Correspondents
Tenor Tayte Mitchell and mezzo-soprano Diana Schwam '19 portray Prince Charming and Cinderella in this french telling of the fairytale. Oberlin Opera Theater aims to please seasoned patrons and first-timers alike with its spring production of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon,...
››› March 2, 2017 | 0 Responses

Winter Term Opera Transforms Philip Glass' "Liquid Days"
by Conservatory Communications Correspondents
In the mid-1980s, composer Philip Glass developed a song cycle around original lyrics penned by a handful of popular musicians he admired. The project began with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, then grew to include Paul Simon, Suzanne Vega, and...
››› January 18, 2017 | 0 Responses

ClevelandClassical Reviews Donizetti & Poulenc Double-Bill
by Conservatory Communications Correspondents
Cast of Donizetti's "Viva la Mamma", led by bass-baritone Cory McGee '18 (center) in the title role. Excerpted from ClevelandClassical.com: "Jonathon Field's Oberlin Opera Theater shows are always fresh and surprising, but his versions of Donizetti's Viva la Mamma...
››› November 6, 2016 | 0 Responses

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