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 1, 3, 4, 2017, 8 p.m. and November 5, 2017, 2 p.m.

Le nozze di Figaro

Mozart’s comic adventure centers on the foible-filled wedding day of Figaro and Susanna—as well as the soaring melodies that make it one of the composer’s most beloved operas.
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January 31, February 2, 6, 7, 2018, 7:30 p.m. and February 4, 2018, 3 p.m.

Angel’s Bone

Angel’s Bone is a new work of opera theater that follows the plight of two angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights has, mysteriously, brought them back to our world. Read more

March 7, 9, 10, 2018, 8 p.m. and March 11, 2018, 2 p.m.

The Turn of the Screw

Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of the Henry James novella showcases the dramatic tension of the original work and introduces a score that juxtaposes tonality and dissonance in quintessentially Britten fashion. Read more

Piano 2018 | Violin 2019
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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