"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

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

Oberlin Opera Theater Presents: STREET SCENE
by Daniel McGrew
Weill's score is as colorful and varied as the cast of characters for whom it's written, including irresistible, Puccini-esque melodies, weary, blues tunes, and theatre songs with all the razzle and dazzle one would expect from music of the Great White Way.
››› October 31, 2014 | 0 Responses

Albert Herring, The Costume shop and backstage, with photos! (Written by Emily Peragine '14)
by Daniel McGrew
The show is a little under a week away, and amongst all the hustle and bustle, I feel that it is absolutely necessary to give our FABULOUS costume shop here at Oberlin a little lovin'! Costume shops are one of...
››› March 7, 2014 | 0 Responses

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