Druid City Opera

The UA Opera Theatre and the School of Music
are pleased to announce the next step
for the former Druid City Opera Workshop …

The Druid City Opera
at The University of Alabama

Paul Houghtaling, Director

After a highly successful 11 year run, it was time to take the next step with the Druid City Opera Workshop, a nationally-recognized opera training program founded in 2010 by Paul Houghtaling.  Druid City welcomed over 300 young artists into its program over the years and offered a unique array of experiences and opportunities designed to prepare young singers for the next steps in their careers.  The Druid City program also included professional internships for emerging stage directors and collaborative pianists, many of whom have gone on to impressive teaching, directing, and collaborating careers, or who worked with us in mid-career to polish and renew their skills (including Jen Stephenson, Baylor University; Charles Anthony Moore, University of Northern Colorad0; Joshua May, Columbus State University; Ariana Wyatt, Virginia Tech; Taylor Hutchinson, Truman State University; Lauren Carlton, University of Central Arkansas; Bonita Bunt, Ole Miss; Joey Garcia, freelance director; and many others.) We will forever be proud of what we accomplished with the Druid City Opera Workshop and we invite you to review its history through the links below (an archive of schedules and final programs will be posted soon). Long time, devoted Druid City faculty included Kevin Chance, Susan Fleming, Stacy Gulli, Amanda Johnston, Linda Lister, Richard Masters, Dawn Neely, Matthew Von Redlich, and David Ronis, and so many others, as well as UA voice faculty Alexis Davis-Hazell, David Tayloe, and Susan Williams.  Thank you all!

The Druid City Opera is a new professional company engaging exciting artists from around the U.S.  We look forward to offering compelling and powerful operas not heard in Tuscaloosa, if ever, or at least not in many generations, while still offering opportunities to young singers.  We believe we are the first professional opera company based here in Tuscaloosa, and we look forward to sharing our mission and our voices with opera lovers throughout the West Alabama region.

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We are excited to announce our first production . . .


Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

 Sunday, May 22, 2022, 3:00 pm
Bryant-Jordan Hall

 Cast and Crew:

Floria Tosca: Maria Fasciano, Memphis, Tennessee
Mario Cavaradossi: James Chamberlain, Houston,Texas
Baron Scarpia:  Jacob Lasseter, St.Louis, Missouri
Sacristan: Daniel Spiotta, Knoxville, Tennessee
Cesare Angelotti: Paul Houghtaling,Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Spoletta: Breyon Ewing, Knoxville, Tennessee
Sciarrone: Matthew Tyree (former Druid City Opera Workshop Young Artist)
Shepherd Boy: Jonathan Davies,Tuscaloosa, Alabama
A Jailer:  Daniel Spiotta, Knoxville, Tennessee

 Music Director and Pianist: Richard Masters, Blacksburg, Virginia
Stage Director and Producer: Paul Houghtaling,Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Production and Administrative Assistant: Christopher Withrow, Birmingham, Alabama  *
Musical Assistant: Scott Santoro, Ann Arbor, Michigan *

* – Both Dr. Withrow and Dr.Santoro are former young artists and interns with The Druid City Opera Workshop. We are proud of that!



Early Arrival Suggested … Limited Seating

SINGERS – Watch this space and our social media posts for announcements on repertoire and auditions for 2023.



About UA and Tuscaloosa

Nicknamed the Druid City, Tuscaloosa is home to The University of Alabama, a beautiful campus and surrounding community, located about an hour away from Birmingham. We are easily reached from the Birmingham airport, as well as Amtrak, and there is plenty to do if you would like to extend your stay after the opera, or arrive early — restaurants, museums, cultural events, theater and concerts.  Huntsville is only 90 minutes away; Montgomery is a two-hour drive; Atlanta is just three hours away; Memphis and Nashville are about three-and-a-half hours from us; and Mobile is about a four-hour drive.  We invite you to experience grand opera in Tuscaloosa and the West-Central Alabama region!