Opera at Western

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!!!

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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.

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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.

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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)