Opera at Western

Western Illinois University Opera Theatre

Western Illinois University’s Opera program is open to all students campus wide. It is particularly designed to give voice students the opportunity to study, explore and perform a variety of works within the operatic and classical musical theatre canons. WIUOT provides a safe collaborative space for students to refine their singing and acting skills.

Course Offerings

  • Fall Semester: Opera Workshop
  • Spring Semester: Opera Production (audition required)


Brenda Iglesias, M.M. | Lecturer, voice


C.T. Vivian Diversity Scholar
WIU Opera Theatre
Browne Hall 120, Western Illinois University
Email: BP-Iglesiaszarco@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-1544 (School of Music Office)

Website: www.brendaiglesias.com

Website: Profile on School of Music

Audition Information

Opera auditions occur each fall semester for the spring production.

2021-2022 WIU Opera Theatre Season

WIU Opera Theatre presents U.S. premiere of 'The Last Sorcerer'

Date: May 6 and May 7, 2022

Time: 7:30pm

Place: Hainline Theater

General Admissions: $10.00
WIU Students and Music Faculty: Free with valid identification

Purchase tickets by visit the Hainline Theater Box Office or call (309) 298-2900.

Originally titled "Le Dernier Sorcier," WIU Opera Theatre presents a new English adaptation of this French opera by Pauline Viardot created especially for us by Kathleen Kelly. This is the first time this opera has been produced at a U.S. university, so you won't want to miss the premiere!!!

the last sorcerer

Opera Scenes Showcase

Date: December 11, 2021

Time: 7:30pm

Place: COFAC Recital Hall

Music by Gilbert & Sullivan, Mozart, Cimarrosa, Bizet, and Puccini.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted at the event (cash or check) or in advance at wiu.edu/givetomusic. Designate your gift to "Other Designation" and enter "Opera Program."

All WIU COVID protocols are in place.

opera scenes

Masterclass with International Soprano Cyntia Lawrence

Date: October 16, 2021

Time: 4:00-6:00pm

Place: COFAC Recital Hall

Featuring vocal students: Kamryn Meeks, Emma Bachman, Joshua Pitt, Mariah Walker, Catherine Sulla, Matthew Scheuerman

With Alternate singer: Eden Beier

All WIU COVID protocols are in place.

opera scenes

Spring 2021 - "Opera in the Park" - A concert of favorite arias and duets from Operas and Operettas in beautiful Chandler Park in Macomb.


Fall 2020 - "Aria Extravaganza" - A virtual concert of Opera and Musical Theatre Arias


Past WIUOT Seasons

  • 2019-2020
    Fall Showcase, December 5, 2019
    Spring Opera Double Bill: May 1-2, 2020,
    performances canceled due to COVID-19
    • VENUS AND ADONIS by John Blow 
    • DER BEKEHRTE TRUNKENBOLD ("The Converted Drunkard") by Christoph Willibald Gluck
  • 2018-2019Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
  • 2017-2018Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck)
  • 2016-2017The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti) and The Devil and Daniel Webster (Moore)
  • 2015-2016: Iolanthe (Gilbert & Sullivan)
  • 2014-2015Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and The Impresario (Mozart)
  • 2013-2014: Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss)
  • 2012-2013The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan)
  • 2011-2012: The Medium (Menotti); The Phantom of the Opera (Lloyd-Webber) Scholarship Concert
  • 2010-2011: The Telephone (Menotti) and Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
  • 2009-2010Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti)
  • 2008-2009: Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) and Gallantry (Moore)

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