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 that four or five times per year. So no worries about excess mail in your inbox.

See you at the opera!!


Friday night, February 4, 2022
Sellers Auditorium at Bryant Conference Center

Watch this space and our emails for more information and event details, along with a link for tickets coming later this summer.


AND NOW … a little recap of our spring!!

Alumni Concert and Gala, January 2021, was a HUGE success!!

alumni concert and virtual gala flyerBRAVO 2021! THE SHOW MUST GO ON
A Virtual Alumni Concert and Gala
Friday evening, January 29, 2021
(the night that our in-person 2021 Gala would have been held)

We enjoyed an evening on Zoom of special performances by beloved UA Opera Theatre Alumni and current students, along with prizes, toasts, celebrations, and operatic merriment!  The price of the ticket came with a chance to bid on beautiful baskets of wine and spirits, and to win a stunning piece of fine jewelry generously donated by our friends at Fincher & Ozment in Tuscaloosa.

Find more details in the evening’s program.