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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

2015-16 Opera Season

Opera Free For All: Bite-size Arias/Big-size Talents
Friday, September 18, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby
The Opera Free For All series’ popular opener showcases every member of the Meadows Opera Theatre 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. Audience members are invited to reconnect with some of their favorite singing actors, meet exciting newcomers and be the first to discover the stars of tomorrow!

New Opera for a New World
Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Taubman Atrium
New Opera for a New World (NONW) was created to provide opportunities for young artistic professionals to collaborate and create original contemporary operatic works. NONW’s exciting inaugural performance pieces center on the intense and often overwhelming emotion of shame and how it plays a pivotal role in society today. Join us for the world premiere of these works!

Opera Free For All: We Are Family, Get Up Everybody and Sing!
Friday, October 30, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby
Battling brothers, secretive sisters, panicked parents! The relationships shared by family members can be ones of great depth and intensity, sometimes comfortable, sometimes complex and sometimes just this side of crazy! In celebration of SMU’s Family Weekend, we present an electric assortment of scenes from opera and musical theatre that delve into these volatile interpersonal dynamics.

The Magic Flute by W. A. Mozart
with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra
Directed by Hank Hammett; Conducted by Paul Phillips
February 4, 5, & 6, 2016 at 8 p.m.
February 7, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Bob Hope Theatre
Conduct. Goodness. Honor. Truth. Spirituality. Morality. Adversity. Imagination. Whimsy. Innocence. Humor. Wonder. "The Magic Flute," one of the most popular and appealing operas of all time, is a compelling, controversial parable on the great themes that animate our world. Full of enchanting, magical melodies and fantastical creatures, it brings Mozart’s genius to the fore in this, his last and greatest opera, a unique and profound fable of humanity, wisdom, bravery, enlightenment, friendship and love. Sung in a new English translation by Kelley Rourke, with English supertitles.

Opera Free For All: Bastien and Bastienne
Friday, March 4, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby
This delightful comic opera by a 12-year-old Mozart tells the story of a young shepherd and shepherdess who fall in love but are separated by the temptations of the world. Will a wise old magician with questionable skills be able to bring them back together using the tricks up his sleeve? This special performance is a partnership between The Dallas Opera and SMU, with direction by SMU’s Hank Hammett and musical direction by The Dallas Opera’s Mary Dibbern. Sung in English.

Opera Free For All: I’ve Got Gershwin! Who Could Ask for Anything More!!!
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Bob Hope Lobby
George Gershwin’s music for the stage has withstood the test of time, in part because of its sophisticated and intricate nature, in part because it is unequivocally relatable and entertaining. Audiences are invited to come and hear some of their favorites, including scenes from Gershwin’s masterpiece "Porgy and Bess." It promises to be ʼS Wonderful!

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