PSU Opera Theatre
The PSU Opera Theatre program produces two productions annually, with at least one that is fully staged with orchestral accompaniment. Repertoire for the productions is chosen from the opera, operetta and musical theatre cannons and range from traditional operas by Mozart to cabaret style evenings devoted to the works of American musical theatre composers.
A primary function of the Opera Theatre program is to provide students with an outlet to develop their talents and skills in all aspects of lyric theatre including: stage deportment, basic dance, use of vocal technique on stage, and role preparation.
The majority of roles in the Opera Theatre productions are filled by PSU students who are enrolled in Opera Workshop, however, students often get the opportunity to work alongside PSU faculty members as well as professional singers who are engaged to fill specific roles.
Auditions are held annually and are open to all PSU students.
Visit the PSU Opera Theatre gallery
February 15th & 17th, 2013
H.M.S. Pinafore is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It opened at the Opera Comique in London, England, on May 25th, 1878, and ran for 571 performances, which was the second-longest run of any musical theatre piece up to that time. H.M.S. Pinafore was Gilbert and Sullivan's fourth operatic collaboration and their first international sensation.
H.M.S. Pinafore was performed on February 15th and 17th at Pittsburg's Memorial Auditorium. Both performances were accompanied by the Southeast Kansas Symphony under the direction of Raúl Antonio Munguía.
The PSU Opera Workshop is directed by Patrick Howle.