2018-2019 Season

2018-2019 Guest Artists and Clinicians

  • Libby Larsen, composer, master class on Larsen scenes (in collaboration with the Capstone Song Initiative)
  • Kelley Schoger, Laban Movement – University of Alabama Dept. of Theatre and Dance
  • Nicholas Perna, tenor, master class – Mississippi College (in collaboration with the Capstone Pedagogy series)
  • Drew Baker, acting coach – acting for singers
  • Anne Gabrielle Richardson Henning, soprano, Troy University – master class
  • Chuck Chandler, tenor, Florida State University – pedagogy and fitness lectures
  • Elizabeth Kirkland, director, clown and character workshops – MFA, University of Alabama
  • Matthew von Redlich – stage combat
  • Keith Wolfe, General Director, Opera Birmingham – master class
  • Alison Hollingsworth, dancer – ballet classes
  • Susan Williams, yoga for singers – University of Alabama


scene from UA Opera Theatre production of West Side Story
West Side Story, Fall 2018

West Side Story

October 4-5, 7

By Leonard Bernstein
Directed by Paul Houghtaling
Choreography by Paul Houghtaling and Lindsay Howard
Production Design by Therrin Eber

No introduction is needed for this iconic American masterpiece of the lyric stage.  In celebration of Maestro Bernstein’s 100th birthday, the UA Opera Theatre is proud to present this gem.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

December 16

by Gian Carlo Menotti
Conducted by Laurie Rogers
Directed by Elizabeth Kirkland

A HOLIDAY EVENT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!  The UA Opera Theatre offers this holiday treat for audiences of all ages.  Inspired by Bosch’s The Adoration of the Magi, Menotti’s poignant drama tells the tale of three kings on a journey to bring gifts to the wondrous child, a loving Mother with a heart of gold, and the young boy Amahl who offers his crutch as a gift in the true spirit of Christmas. Bryant-Jordan Hall will be decorated for the holiday and the UA Opera Theatre welcomes everyone to this special annual offering. Special seating accommodations are made for children who can feel part of the story by sitting up close to the stage.

Die Fledermaus

February 27-28, March 1, 3

Die Fledermaus
Die Fledermaus, Spring 2019

by Johann Strauss
Conducted by Laurie Rogers
Directed by Paul Houghtaling

One of the most beloved operettas of all time, this charming farce, also known as “The Revenge of the Bat,” contains some of the most popular waltz music ever written.  Strauss want called “The Waltz King” for nothing.  The show sparkles with comedy, champagne, romance, and parties.  Don’t miss the UA Opera Theatre’s first production of Die Fledermaus since 1990.

One Night Only: An Annual Evening of Broadway, Pop and Jazz Favorites

April 2

This beloved annual celebration of the best of Broadway, pop and jazz fills up quickly!!  Our UAOT jazz ensemble returns with faculty and student artists supporting the versatile singers of the opera theatre.

Scenic Ventures: Student-Directed Scenes and One-Act Works

April 7

An annual event showcasing student-directed scenes from opera and musical theater and short one-act plays and operas.

The Druid City Opera Workshop Final Performance

May 30

Don’t miss the final performance of this nationally-recognized opera training program hosted by the UA Opera Theatre.  Young singers from all across the United States and beyond come to Tuscaloosa for a week of studying and performing and an intense dose of opera at Alabama!  TENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION