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

Opera Scenes: a perspective from the bench
by Daniel McGrew
The Piano bench, that is. Earlier this week I sat down with Marika Yasuda and Chelsea DeSouza. Both of these women are pursuing vocal accompanying majors in addition to piano performance majors in the Conservatory. Marika studies with Professor Alvin...
››› May 6, 2015 | 0 Responses

Student Spotlight: Jason Goldberg
by Daniel McGrew
Upon his graduation from Oberlin, baritone Jason Goldberg will have completed two majors: one in "Vocal Performance" as well as an individual major in "Opera Directing." To learn more about the process of developing and pursuing an independent major in...
››› May 1, 2015 | 0 Responses

Back Down the Rabbit Hole: Looking back on Mozart's La finta giardiniera
by Daniel McGrew
Oberlin opera theater's spring production of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera was full of zany surprises, wonderful music, and terrific performances. Listen here to an interview with director Jonathan Field on WCLV's Ideasteam in which he discusses his unusual concept for...
››› April 27, 2015 | 0 Responses

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