Opera Theater

Presenting two fully staged productions from the standard operatic repertory, Oberlin Opera Theater is known for its strong and confident performances by student vocalists and ensembles.

November 2, 4, 5, 2016, 8 p.m. and November 6, 2016, 2 p.m.

Viva la Mamma &
Les Mamelles de Tirésias

The farcical Viva la Mamma is an ‘opera within an opera’ that opens on a company in rehearsal with a prima donna refusing to take direction, a director pulling his hair out in frustration, and a singer can who barely perform the part he has been given.
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March 8, 10, 11, 2017, 8 p.m. and March 12, 2017, 2 p.m.


This is a humorous and witty telling of the Cinderella fairy tale, performed in French. Read more

Piano 2016 | Violin 2017
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$20,000 first prize

Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with The Cleveland Orchestra.

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About Oberlin Opera Theater

Oberlin Opera Theater has long been synonymous with excellence. Staging two major productions with orchestra each year, Oberlin Opera’s performances have received the highest critical acclaim, often challenging the operatic norm. Past conductors have included Robert Spano, Stephen Lord, Ward Holmquist, and Ari Pelto. The program has developed some of today’s brightest stars, including Denyce Graves, Franco Farina, Christopher Robertson, Lisa Saffer, and Robert Sims. In 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2011, Oberlin graduates Carolyn Betty, Alyson Cambridge, Alek Shrader, Edward Parks, and Sydney Mancasola, respectively, won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

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