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Opera Workshop Contact

For additional information contact:
Patrick Howle

Phone: 620-235-4470
Fax: 620-235-4686


Department of Music
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

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 Opera Theatre Photo Gallery and the Department Audio/Video Clips

The Pirates of Penzance 
Feb 13, 2009

The Pirates of Penzance," also known as "The Slave of Duty," had its premiere in London in 1879. The story chronicles the travails of a pirate apprentice named Frederic whose hard-of-hearing nursemaid misunderstood his father's request for him to become a pilot.

The production, a collaboration between the Pittsburg State University Opera Workshop and the PSU Department of Music, will feature both members of the opera workshop class and current PSU faculty members.

The Pirates of Penzance Program (PDF)