WSU produces two main stage operas and an extended opera scenes program each year. Operas are performed in the original language with titles and orchestra. Repertory is selected to expose students to a broad range of styles, from standard works to lesser-known fare (see productions list below), and to showcase those students currently enrolled. Vocal Performance majors are encouraged to audition for roles in all productions.

During the summer, WSU offers a four week study abroad program in Lucca, Italy, Canta in Italia. After a month of immersive study in voice and language, students perform two concerts of opera scenes and arias.


Opera Theater Productions since 2003
L'Elisir D'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Opera Scenes
Le Nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Beatrice et Benedict
La Clemenza di Tito
The Light in the Piazza
Les Indes Galantes
Don Giovanni (with Samuel Ramey as the Commendatore)
Cold Sassy Tree
Susannah (with Samuel Ramey as Blitch)
Die Fledermaus
Suor Angelica/Il Campanello di notte
Il viaggio a Reims
L’incoronazione di Poppea
Albert Herring
Die Zauberflöte
Hin und Zurück
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
Così fan tutte
Street Scene
Iolanthe
Tamerlano
Little Women
Les Dialogues des Carmelites
Eve’s Odds
La Calisto
The Marriage of Figaro
Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Central Park
The Nightingale and the Rose (World Premiere)
Hansel and Gretel
The Vampyr
Cosi fan tutte
Die Zauberflöte
The Gondoliers
Amahl and the Night Visitors

Recent Guest Artists, Master Classes & Seminars
Samuel Ramey (currently in residence) played Olin Blitch; the Commendatore.
Warren Jones Master Class
Wayne Bryan Directed Spitfire Grill
Joyce Di Donato Master Class
Alan Held (current faculty) Master Class and Recital
Zeffin Quinn Hollis Directed Die Zauberfloete; played Frank Maurrant

Regional Performing Opportunities
Students are encouraged to audition for paid roles and internships at the many professional and community theatres that flourish in Wichita and the region. Multiple professional opportunities are offered through the various religious institions throughout the Wichita metropolitan area.