• MSU Opera Theatre presents "Orpheus in the Underworld" - April 13 & 15, 2018

    MSU Opera Theatre is thrilled to present a fun frolic with the gods, goddesses and furies of Olympus and Hades. Offenbach’s exciting and light-hearted score creates a backdrop for all of the silliness that ensues. Join us!

  • Students receive production award from National Opera Association

    Missouri State opera students received honorable mention from the NOA for their production of "Clever Artifice of Harriet and Margaret" by Leanna Kirchoff, directed by Dr. Jenny Lale, and conducted by Dr. Amy Muchnick.

  • 2nd place in the nation!

    Graduate division of the 2016 National Opera Association's Collegiate Opera Scenes Competition. Here we are with the librettist of our scene, NOA president David Holley — with Tyler Schlesselman, Ann Marie Wilcox-Daehn, David Holley and Sierra Saylor.

  • MSU Opera Theater: Speed Dating, Tonight! (Fall 2015)

  • MSU Opera Theater: Dido and Aeneas (Winter 2014)

  • MSU Opera Theater: Gianni Schicci (Fall 2013)

  • MSU Opera Theater: Old Maid and The Thief (Fall 2013)

  • MSU Opera Theater: Magic Flute (Spring 2013)

  • MSU Opera Theater: Magic Flute (Spring 2013)

  • MSU Opera Theater: Magic Flute (Spring 2013)

  • MSU Opera Theater: Slumberetta (Fall 2012)

  • MSU Opera Theater: Slumberetta (Fall 2012)

  • MSU Opera Theater: Slumberetta (Fall 2012)

Big enough for "operatunities," small enough for you to shine!

  • Is singing your passion?
  • Do you want to understand the professional singing world?
  • Are you looking for solo, chamber and ensemble singing opportunities?
  • Would you like to improve your stage presence?
  • Would you like to improve your audition techniques?
  • Will your future career require you to stage or produce any type of musical stage performance?
  • Do you like to work collaboratively to create a special musical experience for others?

Missouri State’s Opera Theater provides extensive performance opportunities as well as collaborative opportunities with Missouri State’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the Springfield Regional Opera. Each student receives individual training as an acting singer to build confidence in audition situations and prepare for a career onstage, behind the scenes, or in an educational environment.


  • Opera Workshop: Acting for singers, audition preparation, movement
  • Voice lessons from experienced well-respected faculty
  • Stage experience!
  • Masterclasses with the regional, national and international experts in the profession

Performance Opportunities

  • Workshop/Chamber opera in the fall
  • Full opera production in the Spring (2016: Double Bill of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Bruce Trinkley's Saint Thomas the Carpenter)
  • Outreach in the community through our Citizenship and Service Learning (CASL) program at Robberson Elementary on alternate years.
  • Close collaboration and role opportunities with Springfield Regional Opera
  • Collaborative and education opportunities with Missouri State's Department of Theatre and Dance

MSU Opera Workshop Student

What students are saying...

"Opera Workshop has shown me a new perspective in my voice. It has helped me add expression to my performances and I love it! All voice students should take Opera Workshop at least once before they graduate.

"This program is the reason why I chose MSU. I wanted to have the experience on the stage, to learn more about what I wish to be my career path. This class is really teaching me more about myself and what I need to work on as a performer. I see that much of the work that is done does not go unnoticed and hard work can really take this class to a whole other level. I feel that this is one of those classes where you get what you give, and I love it. It is my favorite class by far."

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