The BSU Opera Theatre is one of the triumvirate of great ensembles at Ball State University. A successful music school is judged on three programs: its choral, instrumental and its opera. We at BSU are proud to present 2 full-scale opera productions every season. Our singers are exposed to the finest of operatic repertory, coached and conducted by world-class musicians and are immersed in the real world of grand opera.
Recent productions have included L'elisir d'amore, Madama Butterfly, Die Zauberflöte, Suor Angelica, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, L’amico Fritz, Dido and Aeneas and The Impresario.
On April 4 and 6, 2014, the BSU Opera Theatre will present Jules Massenet's masterpiece Werther, featuring 2013 Metropolitan Opera Audition winner and Ball State Alumnus, Michael Brandenburg in the title role.
In addition, the BSU Opera Theatre maintains an opera workshop program. The opera workshop teaches the fundamentals of stage decorum and prepares singers for the main stage productions.
Auditions are held each spring and are open to all BSU students. In 2009, the opera theatre christened a new addition to its program: Pocket Opera, which presented two standing-room only performances of Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Medium. Pocket Opera performances are free and open to the public. Each fall the Pocket Opera performs a complete one-act opera in English.
This November 23-24, 2013, Pocket Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
Our goal is to provide as many BSU singers as possible the opportunity to perfect their vocal and dramatic craft on the stage with the highest quality operatic productions---at the same time, furnishing Central Indiana with an art form and musical experience for all to enjoy.
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