USC Thornton Opera Performances

Le Rossignol and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges

In the Fall of 2018, the USC Thornton Opera program and USC Thornton Symphony present a rare French double bill featuring iconic one-act operas, Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol and Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Le Rossignol (The Nightingale), with music by Igor Stravinsky and libretto by Stravinsky and Stepan Mitusov, is based on a story by Hans Christian Anderson and […]

Postcard from Morocco

The USC Thornton Opera Program is excited to invite you to our Spring 2018 production of Dominick Argento’s Postcard from Morocco. Presented by the USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony, Argento’s opera is a vivid – and often absurd – portrait of travelers frozen in time as they wait for their lives’ journey to continue.

2018 Opera Scenes

Opera Scenes 2018

The USC Thornton Opera Program is proud to invite you to our 2018 Opera Scenes Program! This year’s performance will feature compositions by numerous composers, from Mozart to Aucoin. Come join us on February 2nd for a night of great music!  


Love reigns supreme on the lush island of the sorceress Alcina and her sister, Morgana. A pair of mortals, however, is about to undo all of the spells that hold Alcina’s lovers captive. It is only through this loss that Alcina discovers that she is genuinely in love with her most recent prisoner. Not only […]

Béatrice et Bénédict

What happens when long suffering love suffers no more? Find out when the USC Thornton Opera Program, in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Hector Berlioz’s sparkling opera Béatrice et Bénédict. Based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Guest Director and video designer Joachim Schamberger updates this charming, romantic comedy with a contemporary, multimedia […]


USC Thornton Opera, together with the USC Thornton Symphony and flamenco guitarist and faculty member Adam del Monte, presents Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar. With a Spanish-language libretto by David Henry Hwang, Ainadamar (Arabic for “Fountain of Tears”) imagines the final hours of Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca through the eyes of Catalan actress Margarita Xirgu. […]

La clemenza di Tito

See the full photo gallery for La clemenza di Tito The Roman emperor Titus’ choice of a woman to marry sets off a dangerous turn of events. How does he prevent a love quadrangle, attempted murder and a capitol in flames from leading to his demise? The Thornton Opera Program and the Thornton Symphony bring to life […]

Frau Schindler

With the advent of scholarly research into the lives of Oskar and Emilie Schindler, additional insight has come to light. As an ordinary couple who became increasingly immersed in extraordinary circumstances, the Schindlers found themselves faced with the ultimate moral decision. Told from Emilie Schindler’s perspective, Frau Schindler is a serious, poignant opera. It examines […]

Ariadne auf Naxos

What is a serious opera singer to do when she is playing a character who awaits death on a desert island and is continually interrupted by an underground cabaret comedy troupe, all performing at the whim of a spoiled wealthy Viennese nobleman in the Weimar era?! This is the confusing and hilarious premise of Richard […]

The English Cat

See the full photo gallery for The English Cat Based on a short story from Scenes of the Public and Private Lives of Animals by Honoré de Balzac, Hans Werner Henze’s The English Cat explores class division through the eyes of a group of bourgeois cats who form the Royal Society for the Protection of […]