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.

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Course Offerings

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

Faculty & Staff

2019-2010 WIUOT Season

  • Fall Showcase, December 5, 2019
  • Spring Opera Double Bill: May 1-2, 2020, canceled due to COVID-19
    • VENUS AND ADONIS by John Blow 
    • DER BEKEHRTE TRUNKENBOLD ("The Converted Drunkard") by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Past WIUOT Seasons

  • 2019-2020: Venus and Adonis (Blow) and Der bekehrte Trunkenbold (Gluck) - spring production canceled due to COVID-19
  • 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)