About opera at PLU

PLU Opera offers two productions per academic year – a complete main stage opera with orchestra and an opera scenes program with piano in alternating semesters. Members participate in all facets of production, including set and costume design, staging and performance. The full productions are planned in a three-year cycle that includes early music, standard repertoire, and 20th/21st century.

Recent productions have included Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Semele, Weill’s Street Scene, Britten’s Albert Herring, Handel’s Alcina, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, 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, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, and Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus.

PLU Opera also offers a Summer Opera Workshop every summer which is open to high school, college, and community singers 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

Julius Caesar by G. F. Handel

Thursday-Saturday, January 27-29, 2022 at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 3pm

Location: Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Performing Arts Center

Legends collide in Handel’s operatic masterpiece. The love story of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar is fraught with murder and political intrigue.

Performed with chamber orchestra in Italian with English supertitles.

Conducted by Jim Brown and stage directed by Barry Johnson.

The concert will be livestreamed via the following link: SOAC Webcast

As of Saturday, March 12, 2022 the PLU campus has moved to a mask-optional policy in concert with changes at the state level and recommendations of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. In addition, the university will no longer mandate proof of vaccination for visitors attending campus events.

General Admission $17 / Seniors (60+), Military, alumni $ PLU Community $10 / PLU students & 18 and under $5.
Tickets can be purchased online via the link above.

Previous opera performances

2021: Summer Opera Workshop

The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart
Liederabend, an evening of staged song

2022: Handel's Julius Caesar

2019: Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen

2019: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro

2018: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

2016: Youtz's Fiery Jade - Cai Yan (world premiere)