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, Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, and Handel’s Julius Caesar.

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

Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore

Thursday-Saturday, May 9-11, 2024 at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 12, 2024 at 3pm

Location: Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

PLU Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s uproariously funny H.M.S. Pinafore.

All aboard for this witty and subversive comedy that upends traditional views of the social classes.

Barry Johnson stage directs, Jim Brown music directs, and Asieh Mahyar conducts the orchestra in the beautiful Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance will be livestreamed on May 11-12 only via the following link: PLU | ARTS

General Public $16 / Seniors (60+), Military, Alumni, PLU Faculty and Staff (limit 2) $12 / Immediate family of performs, 18 and under and under $8.
Tickets can be purchased online via the link below.

Previous opera performances

2021: Summer Opera Workshop

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

2023: Donizetti's Elixir of Love

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