2022-2023 Season

Graduate Assistants in Opera, 2022-2023

Bonnie Blackwell, soprano
North Carolina
MM, Opera Production/Administration

Ziwei Cen, soprano
DMA, Opera Production/Administration

Jiachen Li, pianist
DMA, Collaborative Pianist in Opera

Zijie Ma, pianist
DMA, Collaborative Pianist in Opera

Chang Miao, pianist
DMA, Collaborative Pianist in Opera

Alissa Plenzler, soprano
DMA, Opera Production/Administration

Rene Vazquez, tenor
MM, Opera Production/Administration

Keying Xu, mezzo-soprano
DMA, Opera Production/Administration

Guest Artists and Instructors, 2022-2023

– Matthew von Redlich, stage combat
– Arthur Bosarge, aria coaching
– Dr. Weishu Tsai, Louisiana Tech, recital and master class
– Annalese Starzec, UA, dance and movement
– Stacy Searl Gulli, Aurora University, acting and improvisation
– Dr. Dawn Neely (UA Alum), University of West Georgia, acting and improvisation
– Ashley Beauchamp, aria coaching
– Dr. Joshua May, Columbus State University, master class
– Dr. Marie Smithwick, (UA Alum), Midland College, lecture on mindfulness
– Dr. Carolena Belle Lara, lecture on Alexander Technique
– Dr. Richard Masters, Virginia Tex, aria coaching and lecture on role preparation



O U R   2022-2023 S E A S O N 


Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Libretto by Sir William Gilbert

Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 7:30
Friday, September 30, 2022 at 7:30
Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 3:00

Director and Producer – Paul Houghtaling
Co-Director and Stage Manager – Laura Pritchard
Music Director and Conductor – Scott Santoro
Costume Design – Andrew Haueter
Scenic Design and Construction – Randy, Teresa, and Austin Smith
Lighting Design – David Jones

PLEASE NOTE – This will be a semi-cabaret style, audience-interactive production. 
Limited seating.  Early arrival strongly suggested.




Music and Libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti

Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Director – Laura Pritchard
Assistant Director – Alissa Plenzler
Producer – Paul Houghtaling
Music Director and Conductor – John Robertson
Scenic Design and Supervision – Marla Moss
Costume Design and Supervision – Andrew Haueter
Lighting Design – David Jones




Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano

Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7:30
Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:30
Sunday, March 5, 2023 at 3:00

  Director (Puccini) and Producer – Paul Houghtaling
Assistant Director – Laura Pritchard
Music Director and Conductor – Joseph Lee
Costume Design – Andrew Haueter
Lighting Design – David Jones
Scenic Design – Randy and Teresa Smith




Student produced and directed scenes.
Coordinated by Laura Pritchard
Directors included Alissa Plenzler, Laura Pritchard, Keying Xu, Ziwei Cen, Tiffany Nishibun, and Rene Vazquez.
Pianists and conductors included David Potter, Zijie Ma, Chang Miao, Jichen Li, Christopher Lawhorne, and Scott Santoro

Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2023 at 3:00



Annual Evening of jazz, pop, and Broadway Favorites

With the UA Opera Jazz Band, Rob Alley, Director
Tom Robinson, principal arranger

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 7:30