Opera Guild

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GALA 2024!
A Dazzling Decade of Glitz, Glamour, and Grandeur
February 2, 2024






About the Guild

Founded in November 2013 by Dr. Elizabeth Aversa and a dedicated group of volunteers, the Opera Guild at The University of Alabama (OG@UA) has four purposes:

  • to support student artists in the UA Opera Theatre program
  • to increase the number of ticket purchasers, donors, and fans
  • to enhance the visibility of opera at UA, in Tuscaloosa, and beyond
  • to extend opera through outreach and education for diverse audiences in the community

Activities of the Guild include hosting receptions, providing greeters for opera theatre performances, and organizing events to showcase opera and student artists while providing support for UA’s Opera Theatre program in the School of Music. The Guild’s annual GALA is among the major fund raisers for the opera program and generates nearly 80% of the program’s annual operating budget.

We welcome new members, so if you or someone you know would be interested in learning more, please contact current (2023-2025) Guild President Leanne Spencer by email at spenderlg@aol.com. You may also contact Immediate Past President Susan Fleming by e-mail at sfleming@retiree.ua.edu.

Guild meetings are held monthly with interim communication by e-mail, telephone, and personal contact.  Meetings are generally at Noon on the 4th Thursday of the month and there is sometimes surprise entertainment by opera students at the top of the meeting.

NEW EVENTS:  Started in the 2022-2023 Guild season, the organization now holds some meetings that are also informal social events and opportunities to learn more about an upcoming production, or just to gather together to share good news or chat about music and relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day.  Watch for announcements about dates and locations for these happy-hour meetings.  Join us . . . we’re a lively and fun group!

TO JOIN THE GUILD BY CHECK:   Please make your check payable to The University of Alabama with “UA Opera Guild” on the subject line and send it Dr. Paul Houghtaling, School of Music, Box 870366, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0366.  Membership cost is $30 for individuals, and $50 for couples.

TO JOIN THE GUILD ONLINE:  If you pay for your membership online, go to give.ua.edu and select the Unit Arts and Sciences and then UA Opera Theatre Guild Fund in the drop down menu (not the Gift Fund) for dues.  (Uses the Gift fund if you would like to make a donation.)


We invite you to check out the other pages on the UA Opera Theater site to learn more about the program. Find news about this year’s performances.


If you would like to be on the Opera Theatre email mailing list, please contact Dr. Paul Houghtaling at phoughtaling@ua.edu.  We take our contact list very seriously and we only send email out when we’re announcing an upcoming event or sharing exciting news, no more than five or six times per year. So no worries about excess mail in your inbox.



Friday night, February 2, 2024, 6:00 pm
OPERA GALA … our 10th Anniversary Celebration




Sellers Auditorium at the Bryant Conference Center

Tickets will be available in mid-Fall, 2023.


Our most recent Gala, BRAVO 2023! STAND UP FOR OPERA brought another record-breaking development year to a close.
The 2022-2023 giving season raised $132,949 in total, $122,104 of which went directly to the deserving students of the Opera Theatre.
The “big check” was presented to Dr. Houghtaling at the June 22, 2023 annual meeting.  Below is the “Big Check” photo op! Pictured are newly installed
Guild President Leanne Spencer, along with past Presidents Susan Fleming, Jim Jolly, and Elizabeth Aversa.
Join the Guild!  Join the fun!!  Join the mission!!


WATCH THIS SPACE for announcements of more upcoming events, social activities and opportunities to learn about the UA Opera Theatre productions and Opera Guild activities.