Opera Theatre

University of Mississippi
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    The nationally recognized University of Mississippi 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 Center for the Performing Arts in 2003.

    The Opera Theatre Ensemble tours within the state and region, and has appeared at national conventions of the National Opera Association and at 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 at jaubrey@olemiss.edu or at her office phone, (662) 915-1280.


    April 2019

    H.M.S. Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan

    Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

    Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

    H.M.S. Pinafore, or “The Lass that Loved a Sailor” offers plot twists, whistleable tunes, and rollicking fun aboard Her Majesty’s gallant ship, Pinafore. The story of a lass whose sorry lot is to “love too well” and a sailor who “alas, loves a lass above his station” remains popular 140 years after its premiere. Gilbert wrote many jokes meant to poke fun at the arch snobbery of these British characters and Sullivan parodied Italian opera, writes traditional British hymn tunes, and provides his famous patter songs. The longevity of this operetta can be attributed to not only its historical musical importance, but also the fact that an audience just wants to sing along with these tunes. One does not need to know this music theatre work to understand its humor, only observe “things are seldom what they seem.”

    For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the UM Box Office in the Ford Center at (662) 915 – 7411 or visit: http://fordcenter.org/events/



    UM Opera Theatre Graduate Students Recognized at 2018 NOA Convention

    (From left to right: Julia Aubrey, Melanie Culhane, Sergio Vergara, and Amanda Johnston)

    Second place winners in the Graduate Division of the Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition at the 2018 National Opera Association convention in New Orleans. The scene offered was from the University of Mississippi Opera Theatre’s production of Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten.


    Director of UM Opera Theatre Recognized at 2017 NOA Convention

    (From left to right: Wakefield-Wright, Aubrey, Vrenios, Speedy)

    These past NOA presidents, including Julia Aubrey, director of UM Opera Theatre, were recognized at the opening luncheon of the NOA National Convention in Santa Barbara in January 2017.


    CONGRATULATIONS to the cast of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges!

    The University of Mississippi Opera Theatre’s production of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges received third prize in Division III of the 2016 National Opera Association Opera Production Competition!


    National Anthem 


    Current opera students and opera alumni gathered to sing the National Anthem for the Egg Bowl on November 26.

    Opera Theatre Ensemble National Anthem 11/26/16