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2021 Opera Production: The Marriage of Figaro

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Wheaton College’s production of Marriage of Figaro has been set in a time period that will feel like a nod to Charlie Chaplin.  With the COVID protocol, we decided to make a silent film that has been interspersed with a semi-staged/concert version of the music. The costumes are black and white, and with the separation of music and acting, we have an interesting twist on Figaro!

The delightful music and tender yet comic story will likely have never been done quite like this before - complete with masks and social distancing.  We are grateful to have been able to produce an opera during this time and thankful for everyone staying healthy.  Enjoy!

Performance Dates

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Both performances will be broadcast through YouTube Premiere on the College YouTube Channel here.

Marriage of Figaro 2021 Opera Program


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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.

Noye's Fludde, 2016

Excerpt from Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde | Opera Mainstage from Wheaton College on Vimeo.

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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