University Opera Theater

University Opera Theater. (Music 160).  Directed by Sheila Willey, UCSC Opera presents a fully-staged opera with orchestra, costumes, sets, and lighting each year. Singers gain valuable stage experience, preparing and performing full roles and singing in the opera chorus. Auditions for vocalists take place during fall quarter. This class is also open to experienced student designers, choreographers, and stage managers (by permission of the instructor) who work side-by-side with design professionals at the top of their field. 


Past UCSC Opera Productions Include:

Berlin to Broadway, Weill

Carmen, Bizet

Gianni Schicchi, Puccini 

The Medium, Menotti

Street Scene, Weill

Don Giovanni, Mozart

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten

Le nozze di Figaro, Mozart

The Elixir of Love, Donizetti

The Consul, Menotti

 Albert Herring, Britten

Little Women, Adamo

Così fan tutte, Mozart

Tartuffe, Mechem

Dido and Aeneas, Purcell

Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach

Die Zauberflöte, Mozart


Contact Sheila Willey ( with any questions.

See the Auditions Schedule and the Schedule of Classes for further detail.