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Meadows Opera Theatre

The award-winning Meadows Opera Theatre, under the direction of Hank Hammett, offers imaginative, diverse and cutting-edge productions of repertoire encompassing a wide range of opera, operetta, and musical theatre, providing extensive performance opportunities to vocal students at the undergraduate, graduate, performer diploma and artist diploma levels. A main focus of the multi-tiered program is intensive acting technique training, professional audition preparation, and its partnership with The Dallas Opera.

Meadows Opera Theatre annually presents its popular Opera Free For All monthly Brown Bag Series of scenes and one-act operas as well as innovative full productions throughout the year.

Main stage productions are accompanied by the brilliant Meadows Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Paul Phillips. Recent major stagings include Copland’s The Tender Land, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Britten’s Albert Herring, and Mozart’s Il re pastore, Le nozze di Figaro, and La finta giardiniera. For more information, please contact Mr. Hammett at chammett@smu.edu.

2014-15 Opera Season

Susannah

by Carlisle Floyd
February 5, 6, & 7, 2015 at 8 p.m.
February 8, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Bob Hope Theatre

The plague of religious fundamentalism, intolerance, hypocrisy and prejudice rips through a backwoods community in rural Appalachia and the fate of the naïve, young town beauty hangs in the balance. Will the new, charismatic reverend be able to save Susannah’s soul, or will he pull them both into a fiery hell? Floyd’s powerful American masterpiece weaves together folk tunes, country hymns, lush lyricism and haunting, ravishing melodies in this timeless tale of desire, lust, seduction and revenge. 

Opera Free For All Series

Bite-size Arias/Big-size Talents

September 19, 2014
1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby
FREE

The Opera Free For All series popular opener showcases every member of the Meadows Opera Ensemble in 60-second arias and songs of their choice as they challenge themselves to make a strong, positive and lasting impression and declare, “This is who I am as a singing actor!” in only one minute. You’ll reconnect with some of your favorite singing actors and meet some exciting newcomers. Be the first to discover the stars of tomorrow!

Tricks, No Treats!

October 31, 2014
1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby
FREE

In this Halloween performance we bring to your door some of opera’s most dangerous and sinister characters as they ensnare, dupe, deceive and fool the innocents in their midst. It’s a nasty business, but what glorious music! It’s what opera’s all about!

Sopranos Anonymous

March 20, 2015
1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby
FREE

Admitting that they cannot control their chronic high-note addictions, acute drama-queen compulsions and incurable obsession to steal the spotlight from others on their own, a group of tightly wound sopranos gathers together in a meeting for the purpose of working towards recovery from their countless diva difficulties, coloratura catastrophes and fioratura follies. Conceived and directed by Courtney Stancil (a soprano).

A Pair of Star-Cross’d Lovers

Meadows Opera Theatre
April 24, 2015
1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby
FREE

Shakespeare’s immortal story of Romeo and Juliet has inspired countless retellings that spring to life in jazz, opera and musical theatre. The doomed lovers live on in the creations of composers that include Cooley/Blackwell, Delius, Gounod, Bellini and Bernstein.

Meadows Opera Workshop Showcase

Meadows Opera Theatre
May 1, 2015
1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby
FREE

At the end of their first year at SMU, the junior varsity of the opera program give voice to who they are as young artists in today’s challenging global community in a special musical showcase conceived and designed by themselves. They have something special and authentic to say. Let’s listen!

Meadows Community Series

Sopranos Anonymous

March 27, 2015
11 a.m.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Elliott Hall
FREE

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