The nationally recognized Ole Miss Opera Theatre provides the opportunity for skill development in music, drama, movement, and design specifically related to opera performance. Fully staged productions include scenes and chamber opera each Fall and a full-length opera with orchestra each Spring. The Opera Theatre’s production of The Magic Flute was the first opera to be performed in the Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center in 2003.
The Opera Theatre Ensemble tours within the state and region, has appeared at national conventions of the National Opera Association, and regional opera festivals. Participation in the Opera Theatre Ensemble is open to any student enrolled at the University of Mississippi regardless of his or her academic major. Contact the Director of Opera Theatre, Julia Aubrey, for information regarding opera scholarships and graduate assistantships. She may be reached by email: email@example.com or office phone (662) 915-1280.
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G. William Bugg holds degrees from Furman University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the University of Memphis.
He retired from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2011, where for thirty-three years he had taught voice and directed the opera program he founded. For ten years he directed Alabama Operaworks, a small regional opera company that he also founded. During his career Dr. Bugg has performed recitals and concerts in London, Salisbury, Oxford, and Canterbury, England, as well as three recitals in New York’s famed Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Birmingham audiences know Dr. Bugg for his operatic performances as well as his many performances in musicals, cabarets and music revues.