"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

Albert Herring (The Costume shop and backstage, with photos!)
by Emily Peragine '14
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

Bob's your Uncle, it's Albert Herring!
by Emily Peragine '14
In commemoration of his 100th birthday, Oberlin Opera Theater presents Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring, March 12th-16th in Oberlin's Hall Auditorium. It is an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's novella, Le Rosier de Madame Husson. Madame Husson, the model of virtue...
››› February 26, 2014 | 0 Responses

2014 WINTER TERM OPERA SNEAK PEEK (Post by Christine Jay '16)
by Emily Peragine '14
It's that time again everyone! THE WINTER TERM OPERA HAS ARRIVED. What is winter term you ask? Well, at Oberlin, students complete individual or group projects on something interesting or something they've never attempted before. For this special task,...
››› January 31, 2014 | 0 Responses

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