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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

2018-19 Opera Season

Bite-size Arias/Big-size Talents

Meadows Opera Theatre

September 14, 2018
1 p.m.

Bob Hope Lobby – Owen Arts Center


The Opera Free For All series annual 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! For more information call 214.768.2787.

I Want Magic

Meadows Opera Theatre

November 2, 2018
1 p.m.

Bob Hope Lobby – Owen Arts Center


Magical, mystical scenes of enchantment and deception from opera and musical theatre take the stage in classics from Mozart, Massenet, Humperdinck, Schwartz, von Weber, Previn, Menotti, Verdi, Britten and Ravel. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Our Town by Ned Rorem and J. D. McClatchy

Based on the play by Thornton Wilder With the Meadows Opera Orchestra
Directed by Hank Hammett
Conducted by Paul Phillips

Meadows Opera Theatre

February 7, 8, 9 & 10, 2019
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sunday at 2:00 pm

Bob Hope Theatre – Owen Arts Center

$14 for adults, $11 for seniors, $8 for students, faculty & staff

Sing out, Grover’s Corners! They said it couldn’t be done. Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland wanted to try, but were turned down. Finally, in 2005 the Thornton Wilder Foundation asked revered American composer Ned Rorem and poet J. D. McClatchy to bring Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer Prize-winning landmark drama to the lyric stage for the first time. Rooted in the great traditions of American music, this strong yet delicate contemporary adaptation intimately examines the transient and bittersweet nature of memory and mortality with humor, wit, poignancy and exceptionally powerful storytelling. For more information call 214.768.2787.

Trial by Jury by Gilbert & Sullivan

Meadows Opera Theatre

May 3, 2019
1 p.m.

Bob Hope Lobby – Owen Arts Center


Gilbert & Sullivan’s first real hit, this comic one-act opera concerns a ludicrous “breach of promise” lawsuit in which the judge and the legal system are the subjects of high-spirited satire. The glamorous Angelina brings a court case against her fiancé Edwin, who has jilted her after coming to the ghastly realization that she bores him intensely. Unfortunately for Edwin, once they’ve seen Angelina, all of the members of the jury and even the judge are entirely prejudiced and take her side. Will Edwin pay for his arrogance? And will Angelina ever achieve her dream of becoming a blushing bride? For more information call 214.768.2787.

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