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Frost Opera Theater performances and events are among the most creative offerings at the Frost School of Music.  Events include fully staged productions with the Frost Symphony Orchestra each spring semester, as well as chamber productions and scenes throughout the academic year.  Special events include Frost School and university wide faculty and ensemble collaborations, the November Wall to Wall Opera for All Festival, and new opera performance with the most prominent living American opera composers.

Full Productions

2017

  • The Rake’s Progress
    • Music by Igor Stravinsky, Libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman

  • Dido and Aeneas (in concert)
    • Music by Henry Purcell, Libretto by Nahum Tate

2016

  • Mavra
    • Music and Libretto by Igor Stravinsky

  • Ainadamar
    • Music by Osvaldo Golijov, Libretto by David Henry Hwang

2015

  • The Death of Webern (in concert)
    • Music by Michael Dellaira, Libretto by J.D. McClatchy
  • Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi
    • Music by Giacomo Puccini, Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano

2014               

  • Jackie O
    • Music by Michael Daugherty, Libretto by Wayne Koestenbaum
  • Entanglements (world premiere)
    • Music and Libretto by Charles Norman Mason

2013

  • Die Zauberflöte
    • Music by Mozart, Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder           

2012   

  • Le Nozze di Figaro
    • Music by Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte                

2011

  • Albert Herring
    • Music by Benjamin Britten, Libretto by Eric Crozier                       

2010

  • Strawberry Fields
    • Music by Michael Torke, Libretto by A.R. Gurney 
  • Ballymore: Part 1: Winners
    • Music and Libretto by Richard Wargo
  • The Beggar’s Opera
    • Music and Libretto by John Gay

2009

  • Così fan tutte
    • Music by Mozart, Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
  • Six Operas in Sixty Minutes !!!!!! (world premiere)
    • Six ten-minute operas by UM composers and alumni: Douglas Cuomo, Dennis Kam, Raina Murnak, Thomas Sleeper, and Scott Stinson

2008

  • L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
    • Music by Maurice Ravel, Libretto by Colette
  • Bastien and Bastienne
    • Music and Libretto by Mozart
  • Dido and Aeneas
    • Music by Henry Purcell, Libretto by Nahum Tate

2007

  • The Merry Widow
    • Music by Franz Lehar, Libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein

Opera Scenes

2016

  • Opera Scenes in Concert
    • Scenes from L’Elisir d’Amore, Anna Bolena (Donizetti) Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), The Mother of Us All (Virgil Thomson), Orfeo (Monteverdi), Alceste (Gluck), Fidelio (Beethoven), Zemire et Azore (Grêtry), My Friend’s Story (Martin Bresnick and J.D. McClatchy)

2015

  • MozArtMostly@Opera Scenes in Concert
    • Scenes by Mozart and others from Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, Idomeno, La Clemenza di Tito, Le Nozze di Figaro, and The Ghosts of Versailles (John Corigliano), Le Grand Macabre (Ligeti) 

2014   

  • Versimo Variations
    • Staged scenes from La Wally (Catalani), La Gioconda (Boito), I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), Cavalleria Rusticana, L’Amico Fritz, (Mascagni), L’amore dei tre Re (Montemezzi), La Bohème, Madama Butterfly (Puccini)

2013   

  • Britten and Beyond in Great Britain – Operas by Benjamin Britten
    • Staged Scenes from Paul Bunyan, The Rape of Lucretia, Billy Budd, Peter Grimes, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Turn of the Screw

2012

  • SuperNatural Scenes on Stage
    • Staged scenes from Hansel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Faust (Gounod), Der Vampyr (Marschner), Don Giovanni (Mozart), L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel), The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky)               

2011

  • Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus (Libby Larsen)   
  • Visions of Orpheus
    • Staged scenes from Orfeo (Monteverdi), Orpheus ed Euridice (Gluck), Orphée (Glass), Les Malheurs d’Orphée (Milhaud), Orphée aux enfers (Offenbach), Orpheus and Euridice (Ricky Ian Gordon)

2010

  • The Frost Opera Theater Benefit
    • Staged scenes from The Sisters Antipodes (Thomas Sleeper), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), The Four Note Opera (Tom Johnson), Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck) The Fox and the Grapes (Peter Winkler), Strawberry Fields (Michael Torke) Arjuna’s Dilemma (Douglas Cuomo), Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)      

2009

  • Scenes on Stage
    • Trouble in Tahiti (Leonard Bernstein)
  • Pearl - opera in progress (Tina Davidson and Mary Gordon)
  • Revolution of Forms - opera in progress (Anthony Davis, Dafnis Prieto, Alma Guillermo Prieto, and Charles Koppelman)

2008

  • Tosca (Puccini) complete, with two pianos, percussion, and chorus
  • Philip Glass Opera Excerpts
    • Scenes in concert from Akhnaten, The Fall of the House of Usher, Appomattox, Hydrogen, Jukebox, Galielo Galilei, The Sound of a Voice, Orphée, Satyagraha, The Making of the Representative for Planet 8
  • Scenes on Stage
    • Staged scenes from Arlechino (Busoni), L’heure Espagnole, L’enfant prodigue, Pelleas et Mélisande (Debussy), Merrymount (Howard Hanson), Suor Angelica (Puccini), The Three Penny Opera (Weill)

2007   

  • Menotti ReMixed – Operas by Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber
    • Staged Scenes from Amelia al Ballo, Goya, Help, Help the Globolinks, The Medium, The Telephone, The Consul, The Last Savage, Hand of Bridge, Vanessa, Maria Golovin
  • Shakespeare and Opera
    • Staged scenes from The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Otello (Rossini), Otello (Verdi), Sir John in Love (Vaughan Williams), Falstaff (Verdi)

2006 

  • Eye On American Opera
    • Staged scenes from The Pipe of Desire (Converse), Black Water, Muhammed Ali (John Duffy), Nixon in China (John Adams), Treemonisha (Scott Joplin), The Mother of Us All (Virgil Thomson), Postcard from Morocco (Dominic Argento), Pearl (Tina Davidson), Last Minute (Thomas Sleeper)