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USD Opera

The USD Opera offers training and performance opportunities for students interested in the art of opera. Every semester, students enrolled in opera workshop have the opportunity to study and perform operatic literature from the common practice period as well as contemporary lyric theater. Students develop and refine their vocal technique, acting and movement ability, musicianship, ensemble skills, knowledge of performance practices and overall artistry through rehearsals and public performances, both on and off campus.   

~ 2014-15 Productions ~


The Three Little Pigs

by John Davies
Directed by Dr. Brandon Hendrickson

  • 7 p.m., Friday, October 31, in the Colton Recital Hall (Lee Center for Fine Arts)
  • 2 p.m., Sunday, November 2, in the Colton Recital Hall (Lee Center for Fine Arts)
  • $5 admission at the door


The Tender Land

by Aaron Copland
Directed by Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland

  • 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 2, in Aalfs Auditorium (Slagle Hall)
  • 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, in Aalfs Auditorium (Slagle Hall)
  • $10 Adults ($5 students and children) at the door

Past Seasons

Too Many Sopranos (Penhorwood)
The Billy Goats' Gruff (Davies)


The Medium (Menotti)

  • Finalist for The American Prize in Opera Performance

Sid the Serpent Who Wanted to Sing (Fox)


Dido & Aeneas (Purcell)

  • 2nd Place Winner of The American Prize in Opera Performance
  • 3rd Place Winner in the National Opera Association's Collegiate Production Competition

Highlights from The Magic Flute (Mozart)


Signor Deluso (Pasatieri)
The Velveteen Rabbit (Pogue/Warwick)
An Evening of Scenes from Opera and Operetta


Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti)
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
The Princess and the Pea (Pendino/Warwick)

USD Opera (Opera Workshop - MUEN 107, 307, 707) is open to students by audition. For more information, please contact Dr. Tracelyn Gesteland at

The Medium