BSU Faculty: $10:00
BSU Students (With I.D.): $5.00 in Advance --- $7.50 at the Door
Senior Citizens and groups of 10+: $12.50
The BSU Opera Theatre is one of the triumvirate of great ensembles at Ball State University. A successful music school is judged on three programs: its choral, instrumental and its opera. We at BSU are proud to present 2 full-scale opera productions every season. Our singers are exposed to the finest of operatic repertory, coached and conducted by world-class musicians and are immersed in the real-world of grand opera.
Recent productions have included Madama Butterfly, Die Zauberflöte, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Don Giovanni, L'amico Fritz,
Così fan tutte and this past spring, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Mozart's The Impresario.
April 5 & 7, 2013, the BSU Opera Theatre will present Gaetano Donizetti's Bel Canto Masterpiece: L'elisir d'amore.
The production will be sung in Italian with English Supertitles
In addition, the BSU Opera Theatre maintains an outreach and an opera workshop program. The outreach program has performed student/faculty written opera for tens of thousands of school children across the country; therefore ensuring opera's future audiences. The opera workshop teaches the fundamentals of stage decorum and prepares the singers for the mainstage productions.
Auditions are held each spring and fall and are open to all BSU students.
On November 20-21, 2009, the opera theatre christened a new addition to its program: Pocket Opera presented two standing-room only performances of Gian-Carlo Menotti's The Medium. Pocket opera performances are always free and open to the public. Each fall the Pocket Opera will perform a complete one-act opera in English. This November 16-17, 2012, Pocket Opera will present a double bill of Samuel Barber's A Hand of Bridge and Seymour Barab's A Game of Chance. The performances will be presented in Hargreaves Music Building MU123---again FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. Please join us!
It is my goal is to provide as many BSU singers as possible the opportunity to perfect their vocal and dramatic craft on the stage with the highest quality operatic productions---at the same time, furnishing Central Indiana with an art form and musical experience for all to enjoy.
Opera is the most expensive of all the art forms to produce. If you love opera and wish to support the BOT, I invite you to make a donation through the Ball State University Foundation:
College of Fine Arts, School of Music and in the "other line" write in: Account 5714
Thank you and...see you at the opera!
Joseph Levitt, Director