Opera & Lyric Theatre

Opera & Lyric Theatre is on hold for the 2020–2021 academic year, due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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. (Pictured: 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 Ohio State Symphony Orchestra or chamber and jazz ensembles. (Pictured: 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. (Pictured: Albert Herring, Mershon Auditorium, 2011.)



Past Productions

2020     Into the Woods (Sondheim) [CANCELLED]
2019     The Marriage of Figaro (W. A. Mozart)
             Cendrillon (Pauline Viardot)
             CARTOON CABARET! — Animated Musical Cabaret
2018     Candide (Leonard Bernstein)
             One Enchanted Evening: A Golden Age Cabaret (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
             Opera Americana: Scenes from the American Lyric Theatre – Scenes Program
2017     La rondine (Giacomo Puccini)
             Ramala [world première] (Charles Wakefield Cadman)
             Sixteen by Sondheim – Stephen Sondheim Cabaret
             Der Schauspieldirektor (W. A. Mozart)
2016     Sweeney Todd (Stephen Sondheim)
             Dido & Aeneas (Henry Purcell)
             Anything Cole’s – Cole Porter Cabaret
             Hearts & Music – William Finn/Jason Robert Brown Cabaret
2015     Don Giovanni (W. A. Mozart)
             The Figaro Project: Scènes de la Beaumarchais – Scenes Program
             Moon Over Alabama – Kurt Weill Cabaret
2014     The Rape of Lucretia (Benjamin Britten)
             City of Angels (Cy Coleman)
2013     Carmen (Georges Bizet)
             Scena Shakespearean: Scenes by the Bard – Scenes Program
2012     Falstaff (Giuseppe Verdi)
             The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Rupert Holmes)
2011     Albert Herring (Benjamin Britten)
            Side by Side by Mozart and Sondheim – Scenes Program


(Below: Dido & Aeneas, Barnett Theatre, 2016)

Scene from "Dido & Aeneas"