UCF music ensemble auditions are open to all UCF students, regardless of major.
“Op-Shop” focuses on each student’s performance talents and interests, offering training in acting, musical study and role preparation. Both solo and ensemble performance opportunities help develop those skill sets.
Performances include an Opera Scenes program each fall and a fully staged opera with orchestra each spring at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as part of the UCF Celebrates the Arts Festival.
The Opera Workshop class meets on Mondays and Fridays from 3-5 p.m. and serves as a minor ensemble credit for music majors. Class time is split between group study, theatrical exercises/games and rehearsal work on each semester’s principal performance project. A limited amount of additional outside of class time rehearsals are required.
Participation in the opera program is open to all UCF students through audition. If you would like to receive more information about ensembles, please fill out the Ensemble Interest Form. Students already planning to audition should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opera Scenes programs (each fall semester) allow students to perform scenes and arias from a wide range of operas – and from operas for which they may not yet be ready to perform the complete roles. Emphasis is placed on preparation work such as determining the “given circumstances” of a scene, considering how the composer’s setting of the text aids in the shaping of the singer-actor’s interpretation of a scene, and creative thinking exercises to help the singer-actor bring their character’s subtext into focus. Basic stage deportment awareness is addressed, along with the use of improvisation skills, and the importance of teamwork with colleagues.
Students interested in auditioning should email email@example.com.
Each April, UCF Opera presents a fully-staged production at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as part of the UCF Celebrates the Arts festival. Students interested in auditioning should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opera Workshop meets on Mondays and Fridays from 3-5 p.m. and serves as a minor ensemble for music majors; members receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of successful participation.
Physically-distanced production of Carmenella and Opera Scenes
Prepared Gioachino Rossini’s “L’italiana in Algeri”, but canceled due to Covid-19
Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land”
Giacomo Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi” & Michael Ching’s “Buoso’s Ghost”
Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”
Gaetano Donizetti’s “Elixir of Love”
Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”
Michael Ching’s “Speed Dating Tonight!”
Mozart Project – the first acts of “Don Giovanni” & “The Magic Flute”
Otto Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
John Duke’s “Captain Lovelock” & Thomas Booth’s “Gentlemen in Waiting”
Gaetano Donizetti’s “Betly”
Richard Mohaupt’s “Double Trouble”
Douglas Moore’s “Gallantry” & Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amelia Goes to the Ball”
Samuel Barber’s “A Hand of Bridge” & Mozart’s “The Impresario”
NSM Today: Behind the “scenes”: UCF Opera back in person
February 18, 2021 The UCF Opera Program is back face-to-face and is preparing for their first live performance since COVID-19 hit.
UCF Opera students visit famous Sarasota Opera House
April 04, 2019 Director Thomas Potter took his UCF Opera Workshop students to a dress rehearsal at the historic Sarasota Opera House.