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Paul Houghtaling, Director

Wilson Southerland, Principal Opera Coach, Associate Conductor
Blake Richardson, Conductor, Huxford Symphony Orchestra

2015-2016 Graduate Assistants in Opera

Cheyna Alexander, soprano – Las Vegas, Nevada – MM, Opera Production/Administration
Preston Andrews, bass – Houston, Texas – MM, Opera Production/Administration
John Rogers, baritone – Phenix City, Alabama – MM, Opera Production/Administration
Paul Wolf, tenor – Doylestown, Pennsylvania – MM, Opera Production/Administration
Jeremey McMillan, pianist – Chelsea, Alabama – DMA, Pianist/Assistant Conductor
Matthew Wilson, pianist – Birmingham, Alabama – DMA, Coach/Assistant Conductor

Graduate assistantships in

opera available for Fall 2016.

Additional funding available

for mezzo-sopranos.

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Opera assistantships available
for Fall 2016
for all voice parts.
Additional financial incentives available
for mezzo-sopranos and basses.

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Summer 2015 – We had a terrific 2014-2015 season highlighted by sold-out performances of Patience and Don Giovanni. In January, we appeared in National Opera Association Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition in Greensboro where the UA Opera Theatre was a finalist in the Musical Theatre division.  And we ended our year with our annual One Night Only which has become a season-ending celebration.  This summer, several of our members are representing UA at 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, Harrower Opera Theatre, and the Natchez Festival of Music.

More exciting news … throughout the coming year you’ll hear about the development of a new opera called BLACK WARRIOR CROSSING based on the events in Tuscaloosa during the final days of the Civil War, including the burning of the campus and the saving of the President’s Mansion and other structures by important historical figures. Acclaimed composer Amir Zaheri will set a libretto by Robin Behn and the work will receive its world premiere in the fall of 2016.

Don Giovanni, March 2015

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.


Patience, October 2014


2015-2016 UA Opera Theatre season:

October 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
October 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
October 18, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.


  Music and Lyrics



    Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
     Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman
       Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

A Little Night Music is presented through special arrangement
with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY  10019

This gorgeous score is one of Sondheim’s most rich and complex and includes the iconic “Send in the Clowns.”  A Little Night Music presents a charming and sometimes heartbreaking tale of lost love, scandalous infidelity, and passions of youth that unfold one summer at a country home in 1900s Sweden.

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


March 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
March 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
March 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.


     by Kurt Weill

The UA Opera Theatre is excited to collaborate with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Blake Richardson once again on this beautiful show. Street Scene premiered in Philadelphia in 1946 and opened on Broadway in 1947.  Considered more of an opera than a musical, the show blends opera, jazz, blues, and musical theater styles into an appealingly American whole.  The opera takes place on the doorstep of a tenement on the East Side of Manhattan on two brutally hot days in 1946. The story focuses on two plotlines: the romance between Rose Maurrant and her neighbor Sam Kaplan; and on the extramarital affair of Rose’s mother, Anna, which is eventually discovered by Rose’s irritable father, Frank. The show portrays the ordinary romances, squabbles and gossips of the neighbors, as the mounting tensions involving the Maurrant family eventually build into a tragedy of epic proportions.

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


April 5, 2016 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 jazz fills up quickly!!

F R E E Admission – Seating limited –  early arrival suggested.
Bryant-Jordan Hall


April 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.


      Student-Directed Scenes

      and One-Act Works

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

F R E E Admission – Seating limited –  early arrival suggested.
Bryant-Jordan Hall



 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

2015-2016 visiting artist/instructors will include (more guests and faculty TBA):

  • Dr. Maryann Kyle, University of Southern Mississippi, master classes
  • Elizabeth Berhnardt, UA, acting classes
  • Chuck Hudson, stage director, acting master classes and dramatic coachings
  • Matthew von Redlich, Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD)
  • Lauren Carlton, acting classes
  • Dr. Susan Williams, UA, yoga for singers
  • Keith Wolfe, General Director, Opera Birmingham, master classes and mock auditions
  • Professor Evan Jones, Florida State University, master class and recital
  • Dr. Marcia Porter, Florida State University, master class and recital
  • Professor Valerie Trujillo, Florida State University, master class and coachings
  • Dr. Anna Hersey, Eastern New Mexico University, master class on Swedish literature and diction

2014-2015 visiting artist/instructors included:

  • James Bobick, baritone, recital and master class
  • Professor William Cotten, The Boston Conservatory, “A History of Great Singers”
  • 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
  • Matthew von Redlich, Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD)
  • Dr. Susan Williams, UA, yoga for singers
  • Keith Wolfe, General Director, Opera Birmingham, master classes and mock auditions
  • Dr. Kenneth Wood, Virginia Commonwealth University, Victorian Song Recital
  • Christopher Jordan, DMA candidate – movement and dance class
  • Jen Stephenson, DMA candidate – audition class and associate director