"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

Oberlin Conservatory & Case Western Reserve University Join Forces for Purcell's "Dido & Aeneas"
by Conservatory Communications Correspondents
Excerpted from ClevelandClassical.com "Directing an opera is an enormous task. "Opera equals nuclear fusion," said Jonathon Field, Director of Opera Theatre at the Oberlin Conservatory. But Jason Goldberg, a fifth-year student majoring in vocal performance and opera directing at Oberlin...
››› April 5, 2016 | 0 Responses

REVIEW: Oberlin Opera Theater Presents Handel's Alcina
by Conservatory Communications Correspondents
Excerpted from ClevelandClassical.com: "Just before the lights dimmed in Hall Auditorium on Wednesday evening, March 9, a young couple in the row behind me commented on the plot synopsis for George Frideric Handel's Alcina. 'I read it before I auditioned...
››› March 23, 2016 | 0 Responses

PREVIEW: Oberlin Opera Theater to stage Handel's Alcina March 9-13
by Conservatory Communications Correspondents
Excerpted from ClevelandClassical.com: "'There've always been stories about the young soldier who leaves his native country to go fight in a distant land but then becomes immersed in that land's culture, and for whatever reason loses himself and his purpose,'...
››› March 10, 2016 | 0 Responses

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