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

In Review: Hansel and Gretel 

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The 2015-2016 opera season began with gusto as the Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center at Colorado State University opened with Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, directed by Tiffany Blake, with the CSU Sinfonia Orchestra, conducted by Mariusz Smolij and Adam Torres.  Based on the classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, the opera tells […]

Sugary Spectacle: CSU Opera takes the stage this November with fantastical, candy-coated performance of well-known fairy tale

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“Truly, it’s a masterpiece of the highest quality…all of it original, new, and so authentically German.” The composer Richard Strauss made that statement after conducting the premier of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and now over 120 years later, his words remain true. The Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center at Colorado State University announces […]

Ralph Opera Center Presents American Opera One-Acts

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The Medium by G.C. Menotti and Signor Deluso by T. Pasatieri The Charles & Reta Ralph Opera Center at CSU presents two America Opera One-Acts on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Runyan Rehearsal Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St. The event is […]

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