Ralph Opera Program

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

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.

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 Program 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

A magical night at the opera

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By Emily Kaiser, SMTD Publicity InternDie Zauberflöte, German for “The Magic Flute,” is a classic opera making its way to the Griffin Concert Hall stage during the first week of April. The CSU Ralph Opera Program is delighted to perform this fan-favorite by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The premiere of Die Zauberflöte took place in Germany in […]

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 […]

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"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