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2022 Opera Production

Two One-Act Operas "Old Maid and the Thief" and "Trial by Jury"

Wheaton College Opera will present Gian Carlo Menotti's dramatic one-act opera Old Maid and the Thief, a twisted tale of morality and manipulation and the hilarious one-act opera Trial By Jury that launched the successful famed collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan.

The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, January 12-15, at the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts Concert Hall located at 520 E. Kenilworth Ave, Wheaton. You will also be able to view the Friday and Saturday performances via livestream by visiting wheaton.edu/streaming.

Tickets are $12. Tickets can be purchased here.

2022 Opera Program

Opera Mainstage Program Information

Opera Mainstage is a meticulous year-long course that provides primary attention to the careful musical, vocal, and dramatic learning of a given role as students participate in the production of a classic operatic masterpiece. This program strives to prepare students for further pre-professional study in opera.

Fall Semester focuses on preparation and rehearsals of a full-length operatic production with four public performances.

Spring Semester provides training in acting, movement, dance, stage combat, audition techniques, scene study and an informal performance.

Lyric Opera Young Artist Will Liverman '10 on the Value of Wheaton
  • 2021 – The Marriage of Figaro
  • 2020 – A Light in the Piazza
  • 2019 – L'Orpheo
  • 2018 – Die Fledermaus
  • 2017 – Magic Flute
  • 2016 – Noye’s Fludde
  • 2015 – Dido and Aeneas
  • 2014 – The Tender Land
  • 2013 – Pirates of Penzance

The Conservatory's opera faculty are accomplished professionals who provide rigorous instruction to educate and prepare students to proceed into today's competitive vocal world. All of the professors listed under "Voice" in  will take part in training students in opera.

Conservatory graduates have won prizes and/or were finalists in competitions through the following programs:

  • Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition
  • Bel Canto Opera Foundation
  • Lyric Opera Chicago - Ryan Opera Center
  • Glimmerglass Festival Young Artist Program
  • Florida Grand Opera Young Artist Program
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Wolf Trap Opera
  • Richard Tucker Music Foundation
  • Opera Index Award
  • Stella Maris International Vocal Competition


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