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.


  • Ample performing opportunities for undergraduate students.
  • Graduate students fill leadership roles.
  • Auditions for the Ralph Opera Program productions 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



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Greek adventure with cyberpunk flare By Lauren Scott The Ralph Opera Center takes on a futuristic performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo this spring. Considered the first of Mozart’s “great operas,” Idomeneo follows the ancient story of the King of Crete, who chooses to follow Agamemnon to lay siege to the city of Troy, on his journey […]

CSU Presents New Cyberpunk Take on Mozart’s Idomeneo

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Presented by the Charles & Reta Ralph Opera Center The Charles & Reta Ralph Opera Center presents a new take on one of Mozart’s first great operas, Idomeneo, on Thursday, Mar. 26 through Saturday, Mar. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Mar. 29 at 2 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University […]

Meet 2015 Singer of the Year, Justin Little

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By Mikhail Talley You could say Justin Little is not one to plan things out. He did not plan on winning Singer of the Year. In fact, he did not plan on being in the music program at all. Hailing from Colorado Springs, Colo. Little came to Colorado State University as an undeclared major with […]

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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
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