IU Opera and Ballet Theater

IU Opera and Ballet Theater


This community is amazing for all the support and opportunities it gives to its talented artists and students. I noticed that someone previously recommended a past episode of the Giulio Gari Foundation’s Salon Series and I had to come back to announce the upcoming exciting event that I believe the Indiana University Opera community would enjoy! On July 21st at 7 pm EST, the Giulio Gari Foundation will be hosting the fourth live-streamed episode in their Salon Series performance featuring the special guest, Errin Brooks. He will be discussing his experiences and passion for the opera industry as well as singing live some of his favorite performances. I am so excited to hear this talented tenor opera singer perform as well as hear about his performances through the Metropolitan Opera. This event will occur through the official page of the Giulio Gari Foundation as a Facebook live so that more people of the opera community can attend. I look forward to seeing the operetta artists and fans unite together to stream this spectacular show and hope that you will be a part of it as well!
Your web page says you will announce a schedule of performances in "early June," for the 2021-22 season. I am particularly interested in the Nutcracker ballet performances in late 2021. Here it is June 10th, and still no info on the relevant page: https://operaballet.indiana.edu/ Can you name a date when the schedule and ticket info will be up?
Are there any photos of the chorus from the 1973 production of Gounod's Faust?
I love seeing all of the photos posted from the university performances! As a university student myself, I have been looking for more ways to stay involved in opera and the arts during the pandemic. I have been attending the Giulio Gari Foundation Salon Concert Series and thought I would share! They will be hosting their third episode this March 31st at 7pm EST. Special guest Steven LaBrie will be featured discussing his passion for opera and how it has been traveling for roles such as Marcello in La Boheme! The event is hosted as a Facebook livestream on the Giulio Gari Foundation page, I hope to see you all there as we support and celebrate opera!
Is there a way to view production photo archives from 2005-2011 online?
ReImagining Opera for Kids is hosting an Injury Prevention for Performing Artists lecture on Tuesday from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the Auer Hall Green Room. Our speaker will be Alyssa McPherson from IU's Department of Kinesiology. This is a FREE event open to all!
Fabulous performance and incredible hall patterned after the Metropolian Opera Performance Center

Where the stars of tomorrow come alive today! https://operaballet.indiana.edu/

Operating as usual


Congratulations to Professor of Music (composition) PQ Phan on the premiere of his opera, “What the Horse Eats” at the @buskirkchumley this past weekend! #repost #iujsom #myjacobs

[08/04/21]   We are hiring student stage crew members for Fall 2021! Check out jobs.iu.edu and search "Jacobs" to apply. https://hrms.indiana.edu/psc/PH1PRD_PUB/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB_FL&Action=U

IU Opera and Ballet Theater added a button to help you learn more about them. 08/04/2021

IU Opera and Ballet Theater added a button to help you learn more about them.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater added a button to help you learn more about them.

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news.iu.edu 12/10/2020

Musical Arts Center upgraded with better accessibility


news.iu.edu Renovations to the Musical Arts Center at IU Bloomington, completed this fall, include accessibility ramps, carpeting and upholstery.

expand.iu.edu 07/10/2020

Unlocking Arias - Indiana University

IU Opera’s own Kevin Murphy and alum Patrick Summers (Houston Grand Opera Artistic & Music Director) are offering an incredible summer course/masterclass series focused on popular audition arias. Singers will be selected next week (apply at https://blogs.iu.edu/unlockingarias/performing-artist-application/); auditors can sign up on the IU Expand website:

expand.iu.edu Unlocking Arias with Kevin Murphy and Patrick Summers brings together opera singers, pianists, educators, and audiences for live master classes featuring the most beloved and established arias for auditions. Kevin Murphy (IU Opera, Ravinia, SongFest, Merola) and Patrick Summers (Houston Grand Opera,...


Nicole Heaston

Day 19 of 30: In celebration of Juneteenth, I gathered a few of my favorite voices to sing Roland Carter's arrangement of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing. During this time of turmoil and reflection, I feel this song expresses the strength and resilience of the Black spirit. So, we will lift our voices and sing in solidarity in honor of those we have lost and who have come before us.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.
Much Love,
YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/4W3l_tCd3rs


Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

Lock in on Friday!! Liberation and Motivation All Day! Don’t miss it!

news.iu.edu 06/14/2020

In good hands: Essential staff take care of IU campus during pandemic

“Denver Wrightsman is director of facilities for the Jacobs School of Music, where he takes care of eight buildings. He arrives on campus by 4:30 or 5 a.m. every weekday to start his work. He's used to having a constant soundtrack as he goes about his day.

"This is a music school, and you're used to walking down the halls, just doing your normal course of activities, and you can hear the music playing wherever you go; there's always something, whether it's a voice, or string or horn," Wrightsman said. "It just does not seem right without that music, without that activity."

Wrightsman is overseeing more than a dozen projects that were approved long before the pandemic, including reflooring the ballet studio and reroofing the Simon Music Center. His work is crucial to ensuring that Jacobs facilities are ready for use again when students and faculty can return to campus.”

news.iu.edu While most of the IU community stays home, some have remained on campus, coordinating IU's response to the pandemic and taking care of buildings.


The Dallas Opera

Congratulations to recent Jacobs grad Ricardo Ceballos on winning the Dallas Opera Guild Lone Star Vocal Competition!

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of The Dallas Opera Guild Lone Star Vocal Competition is Ricardo Ceballos! Congratulations from The Dallas Opera!


Indiana University

Thousands of members of the IU and Bloomington community came together in Dunn Meadow this afternoon to march peacefully + support the Black Lives Matter movement. ❤️


Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

This Saturday, in the very early morning hours, I heard from the comfort of my home the muffled clamor near downtown Indianapolis. Bleary-eyed and with a clouded mind, I had difficultly realizing what was happening. The sounds were unmistakable, but placing them in context was not nearly as easy as it should have been. And while everything became crystal clear by the time I read and watched news reports later in the morning, I think that, deep down, in my heart, I knew what had been transpiring all along. Indianapolis was reacting to the recent killings across the country of George Floyd, Dreasjon Reed, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other black and brown individuals.

The names of those subjected to violence over the years, in recent months alone, is now a list so long that many of them escape memory. And these are just the members of our society who we know and read about. I have no doubt there are many of our sisters and brothers who died without their fates recorded, without the world hearing their pleas for mercy, cries for help, or their lasts words and breaths.

Again and again, seemingly on a daily basis, people of color face acts of racism, prejudice, and bigotry. I know this because I hear it from our IU faculty, staff, and students, especially those of color. And I would group myself with my colleagues because I, too, have faced intolerance and experienced hatred. At IU, we denounce all forms of bigotry, hate, and racism, and we will continue to do so. We believe strongly in a society that values the respect and dignity of life for all. Moreover, we feel adamantly that the opportunity to live and work in a world that builds upon the contributions of everyone is not just a privilege but a right of life.

IU campuses are a microcosm of our larger society. Like our society, we know IU is not perfect, but we work diligently to make it so. Through the scholarly work of our faculty, the community building initiatives of our culture centers, and our partnerships and civic engagements with the communities we serve, we are committed to a university where a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students can flourish and feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings.

Protests are carrying on across the country, and the clamor I heard on Saturday morning in downtown Indianapolis was heard again Saturday night and early Sunday morning. This time I watched in horror as it went from peaceful to violent. I understand the pent up tensions that are beginning to boil over. I see and feel the unrest in the communities that surround our campuses. It’s vital that we have these difficult conversations, and it’s equally vital that we do so in a safe and civil manner. It’s my hope that, in doing so, we can continue to take our feelings of anger, frustration, and uncertainty and translate them into thoughtful dialogue and action that will benefit our local and broader communities. We’re working on next steps for additional measures to create a more diverse and inclusive IU.

- James C. Wimbush, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs; Dean of The University Graduate School; and Johnson Chair for Diversity and Leadership.


operaamerica.org 05/06/2020


Opera America's annual conference has moved to an online format with sessions including "Having a Vision for the Future," "New Technologies and their Impact," "Creating Real Belonging," and "Making Change." Registration is free and open to all - join the conversation!



May Opera Workshop

Get your audition arias ready for the fall! Sign up for the May Opera Workshop: Online Audition Intensive taught by Michael Shell.
May 12th - June 5th
(R474/R571 – courses meet concurrently)

Learn all the Do’s of Auditioning!
- Simple acting tools to help get your audition arias ready
- Private Weekly Coachings to fine tune your performance (4 hours per student)
- How to dress your best for an audition

TBA: Interviews and Q&A sessions with industry professionals about the art of auditioning

Class meets virtually Mondays, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, with the option to meet Fridays 3:00pm – 5:00pm.

Individual Weekly Coaching times will be decided when the course begins.

La Traviata (Cream Cast) 02/27/2020

La Traviata (Cream Cast)

Wednesday Dress


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Jacobs School of Music Admissions

We are thrilled to welcome back, Director Francesca Zambello, who has been working with our students on our production of La Traviata!

Francesca is an internationally recognized director of opera and theater, as well as general director of The Glimmerglass Festival since 2010 and artistic director of Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center since 2012. She also served as the artistic advisor to the San Francisco Opera from 2005 to 2011 and as the artistic director of the Skylight Theater from 1987 to 1992.

IU Opera and Ballet Theater

La Traviata (Crimson Cast Dress) 02/26/2020

La Traviata (Crimson Cast Dress)

opera-stl.org 02/25/2020

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Congratulations to Professor Walter Huff, and to the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis! Prof. Huff will remain Professor of Choral Conducting and Faculty Director of Opera Choruses at IU. We are thrilled for him and this new appointment!


opera-stl.org Learn all about the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Missouri. Find Opera Theatre tickets. Opera Theatre schedules. Information, images, and videos from our history of opera productions in the archive. Find out about Opera classes, programs, and events for adults, students, kids, and families.

[02/13/20]   Dear Students,

Moving forward, if you would like access to more dress rehearsal photos, email me (Hallie Geyh, the Digital Communications Manager) at [email protected] to schedule an appointment. My office is in the Music Practice Building. Please make sure to bring an external hard drive for easy exporting!

See you soon,



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Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi (Wednesday Dress Rehearsal) 02/06/2020

Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi (Wednesday Dress Rehearsal)

[01/23/20]   IU Opera Theater is casting 14 supers for roles as doctors, nurses, nuns, and servers in our upcoming production of LA TRAVIATA. Directed by Francesca Zambello (with associate directors Andrea Beasom and Michael Shell), this is a co-production with Washington National Opera, Glimmerglass, Seattle Opera, and Atlanta Opera. Supers will be costumed and involved in the onstage action in non-singing, non-speaking roles. We are seeking volunteers who will receive playbill credit and two complimentary tickets for each performance. If interested, please email [email protected] and include email, phone number, and any conflicts with the dates listed below.

Preliminary Super Schedule:
Monday February 3rd 4-6pm
Wednesday February 5th 4-6pm
Thursday February 6th 4 -6 pm
Thursday February 6th 7 – 10pm
Monday February 10th – 7 – 10pm
Wednesday February 12th 4-6pm
Thursday February 13th 4-6pm
Friday February 14th 4 – 6pm
Saturday February 15th 2- 5pm
Monday February 16th 4-6pm
Tuesday February 18th – 7 – 10pm
Wednesday February 19th 4 -730pm
Dress Rehearsals: Feb. 24 - 27 (6-10pm)
Performances: Feb. 28-29 and March 6-7 (performances begin at 7:30 p.m.)

Again if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected]

IU Opera Theater Office


Our Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica casts are hard at work studying their scores and coaching in anticipation of Maestro week, coming right up after Thanksgiving break! Conductor Michael Christie will be joining us to get a head start on music rehearsals before we delve into staging after winter break. @ IU Opera and Ballet Theater

operawire.com 11/18/2019

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music 2019-20 Review: Parsifal – Opera Wire

"Unbelievable cast" ... "A fantastic performance of one of opera’s greatest masterpieces"

operawire.com The high and low notes from around the international opera stage


As the leitmotifs continue to resonate in our hearts and ears, we send our deep gratitude and congratulations to the hundreds of IU students, faculty and staff who brought the music and story of Parsifal to life on the MAC stage, to our incredible guest artists and designers, and to the thousands who joined us in the audience for this epic adventure.

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