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Opera/Musical Theatre

Opera Theatre (MUSC 378) is open to any GWU student, regardless of major. Full-length productions are presented each year (alternating between opera and musicals), which are staged with costumes, scenery and orchestra, and are presented in Dover Theatre. Participation in productions gives the student an opportunity to perform roles in works ranging from musicals to chamber opera to standard operatic literature.

In addition to full productions, the GWU Opera/MusicalTheatre program also presents an annual Evening of Staged Scenes drawn from the repertoire of opera, operetta, and musicals. All productions are sung in English. Participation is open to all GWU students; however, the director's approval is required before registering.

To see photos from recent opera productions, click on the production icon to the left. For more information on the GWU Opera Theatre, please contact the director, Dr. Stafford Turner.

Visit the Department of Theatre's website to see some of our recent collaborations.

Production Archive

Cosi fan tutte

Cosi fan Tutte

Opera in conjunction with the Department of Music
Directed by Dr. Stafford Turner
Orchestra directed by Dr. Patricia Sparti
February 11-14, 2016
Dover Theatre

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The Music Man

The Music Man

Books, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Directed by Chris Nelson
March 26-28, 2015

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By Greg Kotis
Music by Mark Holloman
Lyrics by Holloman and Kotis
Directed by Chris Nelson
February 13-17, 2013

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Baby the Musical

Baby The Musical

By Sybille Pearson
Music by David Shire
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed by Scot Lahaie
March 29 - April 2, 2006

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