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, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.

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

Johann Strauss, Jr.'s Die Fledermaus

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 7pm and Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 3pm

Location: Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Performing Arts Center

Die Fledermaus or “The Bat” by Johann Strauss is a delightful comedic romp set to the swaying waltz of Vienna. The music sparkles like the champagne that is enjoyed at Prince Orlofsky’s party. Whether we will perform online or live, in a tent, or on a stage, come and toast to love with PLU Opera!

Barry Johnson, stage director and Jim Brown, conductor

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

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)

2015: Handel's Alcina

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