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

Xerxes: Lights, Costumes, Set

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By Nicole Towne, SMTD Publicity Intern On Oct. 26 Colorado State University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will premier the Opera Xerxes, written by George Fideric Handel. The opera, presented by the Ralph Opera Program at CSU and directed by Voice Professor John Pierce, tells a multifaceted love story rooted in power, pride, and […]

A First Look at Xerxes: Colorado State University’s Fall Opera

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By Nicole Towne, SMTD Publicity Intern In just a few weeks, Colorado State University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present the opera Xerxes written by George Frideric Handel.  The opera, presented by the Ralph Opera Program at CSU and directed by Voice Professor John Pierce, takes the sixteenth century piece and sets it […]

Music Student Finds Her Voice, Opera World in Germany

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German language class. Voice lessons. Rehearsal after rehearsal. Angela Lamar’s daily schedule was nearly dawn to dusk, but the rigorous agenda was worth it for the rare opportunity to perform in Germany for the summer. Alongside approximately 20 other American students, Lamar participated in a study abroad program in Freiberg, Germany focused on exposing students […]

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