The Bucknell Opera Theatre program offers a variety of training in opera and musical theatre genres with opportunities to perform and direct.  Under the direction of Dr. Emily Martin, the Opera Theatre performs works by composers such as Mozart, Sondheim, Barber, Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Purcell. We believe that versatility is the key to marketability in order to be a successful performer. 

Undergraduate students present one fully staged and costumed opera/musical with orchestra each year in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.  Other performance opportunities each year include student-directed opera scenes programs, jazz cabarets, soloist opportunities with full orchestra, opera education, and community performances. 

Our students have been selected as finalists in the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes Competition, as Young Artists for programs such as Opera Steamboat and Taos Opera Institute, and have attended Masters Programs in Voice Performance at Peabody Conservatory, Boston Conservatory and Westminster Choir College, among others.

The Bucknell Opera Theatre training program in opera and musical theatre includes

  • Individual attention
  • Opportunities for undergraduate singers to sing lead roles
  • Career guidance (resumes, headshots, websites, marketing)
  • Directing experience, with the opportunity for production experience
  • Aria audition classes
  • Dance/Stage Combat
  • Acting
  • Stage makeup classes
  • Visiting music directors/actors/singers in residence

Rehearsals are
Tuesday and Thursday
from 7-10 p.m.
Rooke Recital Hall, Siegfried Weis Music Building  

2017-2018 Bucknell Opera Theatre Calendar

Oct. 27 and 28, 2017
Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
7:30 p.m. Weis Center of Performing Arts
Guest Director: Dr. Elissa Alverez
Free and Open to the Public  

March 24, 2018
Opera Theatre Spring Performance
7:30 p.m. Rooke Recital Hall
Guest Director: Dr. Elissa Alverez
Free and Opera to the Public


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