Opera & Lyric Theatre

The Program

Scene from "Sweeney Todd"The Ohio State University Opera & Lyric Theatre performs a wide range of repertoire, from Baroque masques to Romantic operas to modern American musicals. The productions utilize students and faculty from the School of Music, the Department of Theatre, and the Department of Dance, as well as additional collaborators from the wider professional world. The purpose of the program is to explore the future of the Opera/Lyric Theatre genre by embracing the form's intrinsic interdisciplinary nature all the while focusing on a well-rounded "cross-trained" performer at its core. (Left: Sweeney Todd, Mershon Auditorium, 2016.)


Scene from "Don Giovanni." Photo by Matt Hazard.Each year, students perform in two fully-staged Opera & Lyric Theatre works or occasional scenes programs in addition to thematic cabaret evenings. Performances take place in a variety of venues, ranging from the intimate 150-seat Barnett Theatre to the 2,500-seat Mershon Auditorium as well as other stages throughout the city, such as the Urban Arts Space and the historic Lincoln and Garden Theatres. These performances include collaborations with a wide range of musicians such as the OSU Symphony Orchestra or chamber and jazz ensembles. (Right: Don Giovanni, Drake Performance and Event Center, 2015. Photo by Matt Hazard.)


Scene from Albert HerringAuditions are open to both undergraduate and graduate students and all have equal opportunity to be cast in principal or secondary roles, the ensemble, or other ancillary participation. Through the Stage Techniques class, students also receive instruction in acting, movement, audition techniques, critical text and score analysis, stage combat and the overall business of the professional world. Guest artists are often invited to hold master classes and provide additional instruction throughout the year. Graduate assistantships are available for students at the master's and doctoral levels. (Left: Albert Herring, Mershon Auditorium, 2011.)

Autumn 2018 audition details will be available later this summer.


Past Productions

scene from The Coronation of PoppeaMost recently, Candide (spring 2018). La Rondine; Ramala; Sixteen by Sondheim; Operatic Hors d'Oeuvres: A Tragicomedic Pairing of Mozartean Acts (2017); Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Dido and Aeneas; Anything Cole’s: A Cole Porter Cabaret; Hearts and Music: A Celebration of William Finn and Jason Robert Brown (2016); Don Giovanni; Moon Over Alabama: A Kurt Weill Cabaret; The Figaro Project (2015); The Rape of Lucretia; City of Angels (2014); Carmen: A One-Act Opera Comique; Scena Shakespearean: Scenes by the Bard (2013); Falstaff; The Mystery of Edwin Drood; The Ruby Elzy Story (2012); Albert Herring (2011); Faramondo (2010); The Marriage of Figaro (2009); The Magic Flute (2008); La Calisto and L'Elisir D'Amore (2007); The Cradle Will Rock (2006) and The Coronation of Poppea (above right).