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Paul Houghtaling, Director

2014-2015 Graduate Assistants in Opera

Nicholas Aguirre, baritone – Mobile, Alabama – MM, Opera Production/Administration
Ruirui Ouyang, pianist – Macau, China – DMA, Pianist/Assistant Conductor
Nicholas Szoeke, tenor – Humble, Texas – MM, Opera Production/Administration
Matthew Wilson, pianist – Birmingham, Alabama – DMA, Coach/Assistant Conductor

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Opera assistantships available
for Fall 2015
for all voice parts.
Additional financial incentives available
for mezzo-sopranos and basses.

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** Spring 2015 – We had a terrific fall season highlighted by sold-out performances of Patience.  AND … we just returned from the National Opera Association Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition in Greensboro where the UA Opera Theatre was a finalist in the Musical Theatre division.  Now we’re deep into our rehearsal process for Don Giovanni which opens March 4.  In addition, several of our members are firming up their summer plans with acceptances into young artist programs and other opportunities including Ash Lawn Opera, IPAI (International Performing Arts Institute) in Germany, Opera in the Ozarks, Birmingham Music Club Guild Productions, and Natchez Festival of Music.  It’s going to be a great semester!!

The Consul
Magda being questioned by the Secret Police Agent, The Consul, March 2014

CLICK THE LINK BELOW to see a promotional video about our move to Bryant-Jordan and The Consul

 CLICK THE LINK BELOW to see a fun promotional trailer for our March 2012 production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

CLICK THE LINK BELOW to see an exciting promotional trailer for Amir Zaheri’s The Raven’s Revenge, the world premiere of which the UA Opera Theatre gave in 2011.

Hansel and Gretel being questioned by the Witch, Hansel and Gretel, October 2013


2014-2015 UA Opera Theatre season:

October 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
October 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.


     by Gilbert & Sullivan

This sprightly satire on the somewhat self-indulgent “aesthetic craze” of the late 19th century presents a “Fleshly Poet” and an “Idyllic Poet,” Bunthorne and Grosvenor, who are rivals for the affections of the milkmaid, Patience. A train of languid ladies and their former flames, a Colonel, a Duke, and a Major, with a regiment of officers of the Dragoon Guards, complete the madcap picture in typical G&S fashion.

Tickets:  $20 = General Admission;   $5 = students
Bryant-Jordan Hall


March 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
March 6, 2015 at 7:o0 p.m. (NOTE – early start time) Grand reception to follow.
March 8, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Don Giovanni

     by W.A. Mozart

The UA Opera Theatre is excited to collaborate with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Blake Richardson again to bring Mozart’s classic Don Giovanni to the Bryant-Jordan stage. This glorious masterpiece mixes comedy and poignant drama to tell the tale of Don Juan, the most famous libertine and seducer in literary history, and several of his scorned or angry conquests.

Tickets:  $20 = General Admission;   $5 = students
Bryant-Jordan Hall


April 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


An Annual Evening of

Broadway, Pop and Jazz  Favorites

 This beloved annual celebration of the best of Broadway, pop and jozz fill up quickly!!

F R E E Admission – Seating limited –  early arrival suggested.
Bryant-Jordan Hall (UA’s Bryce Campus)


 Click here for past UA Opera Theatre seasons, including productions, graduate assistants, and visiting artists/instructors.

Please keep reading whether you are a potential student,
a welcomed audience member, or a Friend of the Opera Theatre
in the form of a generous donor, because …

 Opera at Alabama is exciting!

opera1Our training program includes opera as well as musical theater styles ranging from the Baroque to the 21st century. We perform Verdi and Sondheim, Monteverdi and Cole Porter, Mozart and Bernstein, side by side because we believe versatility leads to marketability.  We study the art of the singer-actor, applying skills to the rehearsal process to bring music and theater to life on the stage.  We offer students the tools needed to have a career in the business today and the chance to find who they are as performers. Join us in the pursuit of excellence in our craft, and start your career at the University of Alabama! The UA Opera Theatre is a comprehensive opera and musical theatre training program encompassing:

  • Workshop classes appropriate to all experience levels
  • Individual attention and personalized career guidance
  • Aria/song audition class
  • Improvisation (improvised operas on Dr. Seuss books, among other things),
  • Dance, including period dances, and movement classes
  • Stage combat classes
  • Stage makeup classes
  • Music business classes (resumes, headshots, websites, promotion and marketing)
  • Technical theatre experience
  • Directing experience for graduate students and upperclassmen
  • Scenes, one-acts, and full productions with piano and orchestra
  • Visiting artists and instructors including managers, agents, conductors

2014-2015 visiting artist/instructors will include (more guests and faculty TBA):

  • James Bobick, baritone, recital and master class
  • Matt Davis, UA, acting for singers
  • Laurie Rogers, vocal coach, master class
  • Dr. Maryann Kyle, University of Southern Mississippi, master classes
  • Dr. Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, Birmingham-Southern College, master class
  • Dr. Kristin Kenning, Samford University, recital and master class
  • Dr. Susan Williams, UA, yoga for singers
  • Martha Wade, Wade Artist Management, New York, master class and consultations
  • Christopher Jordan, DMA candidate – movement and dance class
  • Jen Stephenson, DMA candidate – audition class and associate director

2013-2014 visiting artist/instructors included:

  • Stacy Searle Panitch – UA, acting for singers
  • Dr. Linda Lister – University of Nevada Las Vegas, yoga for singers
  • Dr. Dawn Neely – University of West Georgia, master class; acting techniques
  • Dr. James Daugherty – University of Kansas, vocology/voice science lecture (UA Endowed Chair)
  • Dr. Jennifer Bryant – Birmingham-Southern College, Guest Stage Director
  • Dr. Loraine Sims – Louisiana State University; recital and master class
  • Matthew von Redlich – Tuscaloosa Academy; stage combat
  • Cherry Duke – mezzo-soprano; class on social media
  • Ryan Landis, DMA candidate – lecture on vocal health
  • Alana Sealy, MM candidate – class on yoga for singers
  • Jen Stephenson, DMA candidate – lecture on the fach system
  • Christopher Jordan, DMA candidate – movement and dance class


 Click here for photos of classes in action!

Click here for links to videos of past opera performances.