IU Opera Theatre’s production of Peter Grimes 2017
The Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater produces six operas annually, many of which contain a choral component. This offers one of the most exciting and intensive performing opportunities to students at the Jacobs School. Led by Faculty Director of Opera Choruses, Walter Huff, as well as a team of graduate choral conducting majors, students in the IU opera choruses perform some of the greatest works of dramatic music. They also receive extensive training and coaching in diction, movement, memorization, and other fundamental skills necessary to bring opera to life.
Participating in the IU Opera Chorus is an excellent way to learn operatic repertoire from the inside. Recent productions with opera choruses include The R(e)volution of Steve Jobs, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dead Man Walking, Akhnaten, Don Giovanni, Xerxes, The Marriage of Figaro, Cendrillon, West Side Story, Romeo et Juliette, La Rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Zauberfloete, La Traviata, Susannah, L’Elisir d’Amore, La Bohème, Der Rosenkavalier, Candide, L’Italiana in Algeri, and Bernstein’s MASS.
Opera Choruses for the 2022 spring semester include Highway 1, USA by William Grant Still, La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.