Meadows Lyric Theatre

The award-winning Meadows Lyric Theatre, under the direction of Michael Scarola, 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 Lyric Theatre annually presents its popular 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. Recent major stagings include Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Così fan tutte, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore, Händel’s Alcina, Rorem’s Our Town and Ward’s The Crucible. For more information, please contact Mr. Scarola at mjscarola@smu.edu.

2022-2023 Opera Season

Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicci

by Giacomo Puccini

  • Meadows Lyric Theatre
  • February 15 – 18, 2024
  • 7:30 pm Thursday - Saturday
  • 2:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Bob Hope Theatre / Owen Arts Center

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the death of Giacomo Puccini, Meadows Lyric Theatre presents a double-bill of the composer’s heart-rending Suor Angelica and his only comedy, Gianni Schicchi. These works, the second and third parts of his Il Trittico, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1918.

Suor Angelica tells the story of a young woman who has had a child out of wedlock and is sent to a convent to atone for her sin. When she receives news that her child has died, she drinks poison. Realizing too late that she has committed a mortal sin, she begs the Madonna for mercy. In Gianni Schicchi, we meet the greedy Donati family who discover that the wealthy Buoso has left all his money to the church, leaving them bereft of an inheritance. Reluctantly, they team up with the wily Schicchi to rewrite the will in their favor, only to watch him turn the tables on them.

Mozart/Da Ponte Collaboration

  • Free For All
  • Meadows Lyric Theatre
  • September 29, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Taubman Atrium / Owen Arts Center
  • FREE

For the first scenes program of the 2023-24 academic year, the Meadows Lyric Theatre presents a concert of staged scenes from the three Mozart/Da Ponte collaborations: Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte.

All Hallows' Eve SPOOKtacular

  • Free For All
  • Meadows Lyric Theatre
  • October 27, 2023
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • Taubman Atrium / Owen Arts Center
  • FREE

As All Hallows' Eve looms right around the corner, please join the Meadows Lyric Theatre as we present a concert of staged excerpts from operas based on fairy tales. Music by Rossini, Massenet, Humperdinck and Sondheim will be featured.