Opera Guild

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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 75% 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 2020-2022 Guild President Susan Fleming by e-mail at sfleming@ua.edu. You may also contact the Immediate Past President Jim Jolly at jimjolly95@gmail.com or former president Francine Marasco at francine44@aol.com.

Guild meetings are held monthly with interim communication by e-mail, telephone, and personal contact.  Meetings are now held on Zoom, usually at Noon on the 4th Thursday of the month and there is often entertainment by opera students at the top of the meeting.  Join us . . . we’re a lively and fun group!

For More Information

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.

Contact List

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 3, 2023, 6:00 pm
Sellers Auditorium at the Bryant Conference Center

Tickets will be available in mid-Fall, 2022.


Our most recent Gala, BRAVO 2022! FOR THE LOVE OF OPERA brought a record-breaking development year to a close.
The 2021-2022 giving season raised $104,000 in total, $95,428 of which went directly to the deserving students of the Opera Theatre.
The “big check” was presented to Dr. Houghtaling at the June 23 annual luncheon.
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.