Ralph Opera Program

Ralph Opera Program Overview
"Die Fledermaus" by by Johann Strauss II, Fall 2016
"Marriage of Figaro" by W.A. Mozart, Spring 2016

The Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Program is named in honor of Charles and Reta Ralph in recognition of their generous and continuing support of opera at Colorado State University. The Ralph’s benevolence provides programmatic support and professional development opportunities, as well as a broad scholarship support system for students studying vocal performance. Read more.

The Ralph Opera Program performs two fully staged productions with orchestra each year, as well as multiple opera scenes programs, spanning the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras.

Past presentations include: Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola; W.A. Mozart's Idomeneo; Jules Massenet's Cendrillon; Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow; Kurt Weill’s Street Scene; Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia; Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff; and Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Details

  • Ample performing opportunities for undergraduate students.
  • Graduate students fill leadership roles and may participate in the Opera Fort Collins Apprentice Artist program.
  • Auditions for the Ralph Opera Center are held in Oct. and March and are open to all CSU students.

Rehearses: T/TR, 2-5 p.m., UCA G 122
Director: Dr. Tiffany Blake

 

Events

News

Spring 2016 Singer of the Year Competition

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2015 Singer of the Year Participants The Colorado State University Voice Studio is excited to present the annual Singer of the Year Competition! This popular event features CSU’s top undergraduate vocal students competing for over $50,000 in scholarship monies including the top Singer of the Year Award, the Charles and Reta Ralph Undergraduate Scholarship, the […]

February 2016 Alumni Class Notes

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Cynthia Stokes, 1981, B.A. Speech and Theatre Arts, recently founded SD CITY Opera in San Diego, Calif., a new, artist-driven opera company dedicated to building community by turning beautiful music into stunning theatre and contributing to the dynamic reimagining of opera in America for the 21st century. Previously, Ms. Stokes started La Jolla Playhouse’s Summer Conservatory […]

November 2015 Alumni Class Notes

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Heston McCranie, ’09, B.M. Music Performance, Cello, currently lives in Atlanta, Ga., and is working on her Ph.D. in Music Education at Georgia State University. Heston teaches string techniques for the university as well as working on research projects on improvisation and creativity. In the fall, she began a position as the primary orchestra director […]

More Videos

"Idomeneo" by W.A. Mozart, Spring 2015
"Hansel and Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck, Fall 2015
"Cendrillon" by Jules Massenet, Spring 2014
"Gianni Schicchi" and "Suor Angelica" by Giacomo Puccini, Fall 2014
"The Merry Widow" by Franz Lehár, Spring 2013
"Patience" by Gilbert and Sullivan, Fall 2013
Ralph Opera Program Gala, Fall 2012