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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.

Opera Performances

Suor Angelica, Spring 2023

Suor Angelica, Spring 2023

Suor Angelica, Spring 2023

Suor Angelica, Spring 2023

Suor Angelica, Spring 2023

Suor Angelica, Spring 2023

Suor Angelica, Spring 2023

Suor Angelica, Spring 2023

Opera Theatre Alumni

Colleen Jackson, UNC Alumna

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

Vale Rideout, UNC Alumus

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

Rose Sawvel, UNC Alumna

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

Summer European Opera Program Highlight

Each summer students travel 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.

Erin and Stephen Foster

Opera House, Bielefeld, Germany

Erin Foster was recently hired in Oldenburg, Germany.

Stephen & Erin Foster

Stephen and Erin Foster stand in front of the opera house in Oldenburg, Germany.

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster's profile appears in the gallery wall at the opera house in Oldenburg, Germany.