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.
Opera Theatre Alumni
At UNC, 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
European Summer Opera Program
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.
2021 Summer European Opera Program Highlight
Erin Foster was recently hired in Oldenburg, Germany.
Stephen and Erin Foster stand in front of the opera house in Oldenburg, Germany.
Stephen Foster's profile appears in the gallery wall at the opera house in Oldenburg, Germany.
Baritone Zach Wilson and Professor William Wilson in front of the opera house in Hildesheim, Germany. Zach is singing Germont in Verdi's La Traviata, a lead role in Medea by Giovanni Paccini and Escamilio in Carmen.