Above image from IU Opera Theatre’s production of Peter Grimes 2017
The Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater produces several operas every year. Many of these operas contain a choral component, and 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 come into contact with some of the greatest works of dramatic music. Singers in the opera choruses 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 also an excellent way to learn operatic repertoire. Recent productions with opera choruses include The R(e)volution of Steve Jobs, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dead Man Walking, Akhnaten, Don Giovanni, H.M.S. Pinafore, 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 Boheme, Der Rosenkavalier, Candide, L’Italiana in Algeri and Bernstein MASS.
Opera Choruses for the 2020-2021 season include Little Women by Mark Adamo, The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, and Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème.