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Opera

About opera at PLU

PLU produces two shows per academic year – a complete main stage opera with orchestra and a scenes show with piano. 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, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

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

Leos Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen

November 14-16, 2019 at 7:30pm; November 17, 2019 at 3pm

Location: Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Performing Arts Center

Janáček’s magical score depicts the myriad characters of the natural world in the forest juxtaposed with the foibles of human beings.

Performed in English with orchestral accompaniment.

Conducted and directed by Jim 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 link below.

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