Opera study at UNI begins with the premise that opera can be good theatre and that singers can be good actors. Courses in Opera Performance are offered every semester which nurture the development of performing skills for the singer/actor at all levels of experience. Classes are tailored to fit the needs of each student, using a variety of exercises and improvisational techniques to free the body and mind to allow the successful union of singing and acting
The Opera Performance Ensemble provides students the opportunity to apply the performance skills developed in the classroom, and mounts fully staged and costumed productions every semester. Opera scenes concerts/chamber operas are presented in the Fall, and mainstage operas/musicals (with orchestra) are produced in the spring. Recent productions have included: The Tender Land, The Threepenny Opera, Die Fledermaus, Fiddler on the Roof, The Magic Flute, Cabaret, The Old Maid and the Thief, The Telephone, A Little Night Music and Suor Angelica.
The combination of exploration in coursework, and application in productions, give voice students real practice in “putting it all together.”
2009 Opera Gala
The first ever UNI Opera Gala (April 2009) showcased the talents of UNIopera students, alumni, faculty and friends. Proceeds benefited the UNI Opera Guild.
"Brilliant orchestration, beautiful set design and a distinct comedic theme combined perfectly on the stage of the Gallagher Bluedorn's Great Hall Friday as the University of Northern Iowa School of Music presented 'Die Fledermaus.'"
- The Northern Iowan, 1/2011