Opera Theatre

Brian Clay Luedloff, Director

Through the production of professional-quality productions and complementary curricular content UNC Opera Theatre trains singers and directors, prepares educators and brings the most collaborative of art forms to public and educational audiences. Each season we present two fully-staged operas with orchestra, a program of opera scenes and a chamber opera festival, in addition to master classes and special events. Alumni of Opera Theatre perform regularly on stages around the globe; recent alumni have enjoyed placement in some of the finest Young Artist programs in the country, such as San Francisco’s Merola Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Central City Opera. Guest artists have included international artists such as conductors Stephen Lord, Dean Williamson and Anthony Barrese; soprani Erie Mills, Lauren Flanigan and Christine Brewer; tenors Vale Rideout and Arturo Chacón-Cruz; baritone Morgan Smith and basses Richard Sutliff and Derrick Ballard.

Students are eligible to participate in the exclusive Apprentice Artist (graduate) and Studio Artist (undergraduate) programs of Opera Fort Collins, a professional regional opera company now in its 36th season, performing comprimari roles, covering principal roles and participating in the chorus, as well as singing in many outreach programs.

Each summer professor William Wilson brings students to Germany to perform in a Summer European Opera Theatre in collaboration with Opera Classica Europa, a professional touring opera company. Performances of fully produced operas and gala concerts occur throughout Germany, France, Italy and Spain with our students performing comprimari and chorus roles, and covering principal roles. Three recent alumni of this program are currently in full-time principal contracts with opera houses in Germany.

Opera Theatre Season 2015-2016

Fall 2015


Chamber Operas:

John Dukes’ Captain Lovelock (Stewart Cramer, dir.)
Gustav Holsts’ At The Boar’s Head (Amy Nielsen, dir.)
Friday, Oct. 16, 7:30pm
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2:00pm
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2:00pm
Hensel Phelps Theatre, UCCC
You’re never too old for love, but the two leading characters of these charming, short one-act operas carry that notion a little too far in their pursuit of companionship. Captain Lovelock is the fictional creation of two daughters determined to curtail their mother’s amorous adventures; and Shakespeare’s Falstaff comes to life in fresh ways in this Gustav Holst setting.

Verdi’s Falstaff

Friday, Nov. 13, 7:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2:00pm with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra
Glen Cortese, conductor
Monfort Concert Hall, UCCC
Verdi, known for his tragic operas, takes a comic turn in this, his final opera. In his late seventies when he began work on bringing this epic Shakespearean character to the operatic stage, he must have felt certain affinities for Sir John.

Spring 2016


Spring Opera Scenes

“The Bard of Opera: Scenes from Shakespeare in Opera”
Saturday March 26, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Hensel Phelps Theatre, UCCC
Few literary characters are as ripe for operatic picking as the characters of William Shakespeare. Our scenes will represent a broad cross-section of styles and composers who take on Shakespeare’s funniest and most moving characters.

Henry Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen

Saturday April 16, 7:30pm
Sunday April 17, 2:00pm
with the University Symphony Orchestra, Russell Guyver, conductor
Monfort Concert Hall, UCCC
Henry Purcell takes on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a series of masques, dances and drama. This mystical tale unfolds in metaphor in the magical music of a Baroque master. Expect a bit of theatrical magic.

For ticket information, please call the Box Office at (970) 351-2200

Opera Theatre Alumni

At UNCO, the faculty and students help to create a supportive environment and the program provides endless opportunities for performance and growth.Colleen Jackson, soprano, MM 2012

UNC is a superb University in every way - but what matter most to voice students are the staff, facilities and performing opportunities. All three of these things are what make UNC the perfect school to further your education as a singer. Only adding to its allure, is the fact that you won't break the bank getting your degree. It just means you'll be THAT much closer to your career on the stage or in the studio once you graduate. This was my experience at UNC - and I'm always thankful for the path which my UNC degree has shown me.Vale Rideout, tenor, BM

I could not have asked for a better place to begin my journey into the world of opera. UNC's faculty have supported me from day one and still help me find the next step to becoming a better artist, colleague, and person.Rose Sawvel, soprano, BA 2005; MM 2008