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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

HMS Pinafore
February 15th & 17th, 2013

Gilbert and Sullivan's rollicking romp through naval life, class distinctions, and melodramatic villainy has entertained millions since its London premiere.   Josephine, the Captain's daughter, is in love with able seaman Ralph Rackstraw. But her father has other plans for her: an advantageous union with the exalted Sir Joseph Porter, K.C.B. When the young couple's elopement is thwarted by cantankerous seaman Dick Deadeye, it remains for Little Buttercup to confess that her baby-farming techniques had left something to be desired.

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.

HMS Pinafore program