The nationally recognized Ole Miss Opera Theatre provides the opportunity for skill development in music, drama, movement, and design specifically related to opera performance. Fully staged productions include scenes and chamber opera each Fall and a full-length opera with orchestra each Spring. In June, an operetta or musical is produced in conjunction with the Oxford Shakespeare Festival. The Opera Theatre's production of The Magic Flute was the first opera to be performed in the Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center in 2003.
The Opera Theatre Ensemble tours within the state and region, has appeared at national conventions of the National Opera Association, and regional opera festival, and works closely with the Department of Theatre Arts in its musical theater productions. Participation in the Opera Theatre Ensemble is open to any student enrolled at the University of Mississippi regardless of his or her academic major.
News and Upcoming Events
The UM Opera Theatre Ensemble attended the annual
National Opera Association Convention. They competed in the National Scenes Competition and won 1st Place
with their performance of the
"Reading of the will" from Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
This year the convention was held in San Antonio, TX
where Ole Miss participated in lectures and master classes.
This Spring semester, The
UM Opera Theatre Ensemble
presents a fully staged
opera with orchestra, Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers. This performance is scheduled for
Friday,April 30th @ 8:00 P.M.
Sunday, May 1st @ 3:00 P.M.
in the Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are now available
at the UM Box Office