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About opera at PLU

PLU Opera explores stage production of chamber opera and opera scenes. Members participate in all facets of production, including set and costume design, staging and performance. There are two productions per school year- a fully staged opera with orchestra and a scenes show with piano accompaniment (in alternating semesters). The full productions are planned in a three year cycle that includes early music, standard repertoire, and 20th/21st century.

Recent productions have included Monteverdi’s L’OrfeoDie Fledermaus, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Semele, Weill’s Street Scene, Britten’s Albert Herring, Handel’s Alcina, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, a world premiere production of Fiery Jade- Cai Yan by Gregory Youtz and Zhang Er, and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

PLU Opera also offers a Summer Opera Workshop every in which students engage in acting and singing masterclasses.  The workshop culminates in the performance of a full production with piano and a scenes performance.

About the directors

W. A. Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro

January 24-26, 2019 at 7:30pm; January-27, 2019 at 3pm

Location: Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Performing Arts Center

This pinnacle of classical opera focuses on the marriage of Figaro and Susanna. Together with the Countess Almaviva, they foil the efforts of the philandering Count to seduce Susanna and teach him a lesson in fidelity. Sung in Italian with English supertitles with orchestral accompaniment.

Stage Directed by Barry Johnson
& Music Directed by James Brown.

General Admission $17 / Seniors (60+), Military, alumni $ PLU Community $10 / PLU students & 18 and under $5. Tickets available through the PLU Concierge Desk (253-535-7411). Tickets can also be purchased online via the following links.

Previous opera performances

2019: Le Nozze di Figaro, by Mozart

2018: Dido and Aeneas, by Purcell

2016: Fiery Jade - Cai Yan, by Youtz (world premier)

2015: Alcina, by Handel

Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015