The opera curriculum is an important element of singer training at Lawrence and is uniquely designed with the specific needs of the undergraduate singer in mind. The curriculum is divided into four loosely consecutive tiers that increasingly emphasize a culminating public performance. These ensemble classes establish an environment for the student to incrementally build and hone the craft of a skilled singing actor.
The Mainstage Opera is the centerpiece of the opera curriculum at Lawrence. The opera, usually sung in English, is fully staged and performed with full orchestra. The 2014-2015 opera will be The Tender Land by Aaron Copland. Past productions include Albert Herring, The Fairy Queen, The Bartered Bride, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, The Magic Flute, Hansel and Gretel, Candide, L'Étoile, and Street Scene.
Information regarding the opera auditions may be found here: Opera Auditions Information
In addition to the Opera Curriculum, the Theater Department produces a fully staged musical with full orchestra every other year, an offering that is augmented by the yearly student-produced musical. Students also often have the opportunity to perform in student-produced chamber operas or opera scenes.
The Opera Scenes program provides performance practice for the singing actor. In the original languages, students prepare roles from opera scenes in a wide range of historical periods and theatrical styles. The public performance of Opera Scenes is one of the major ensemble offerings at Lawrence. The 2014 performance showcased scenes from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Cosi fan tutte, Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Verdi's Falstaff, Carlisle Floyd's Of Mice and Men, Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking, and The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan.