Vocal Arts and Opera

Opera Program

USC Thornton Opera Performances from the 2019-2020 Academic Year

2019-2020 Scenes

The singer-actors of the Thornton Vocal Arts department present an exciting night of opera and musical theatre scenes. Britten, Mozart, Monteverdi, Bellini, Verdi, Bizet, Strauss, and Jones & Schmidt will be performed and accompanied by piano in Newman Recital Hall.


La Calisto

The USC Thornton Opera presents Francesco Cavalli’s 17th century gem La Calisto. With a libretto by Cavalli and Giovanni Faustini, La Calisto combines two myths from Ovid: Jupiter’s seduction of Calisto, and Diana’s adventure with Endymion.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The USC Thornton Opera, in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The opera, which premiered in 1960 and is set to a libretto adapted by Britten and his partner Peter Pears from Shakespeare’s play, is a fantasy about how myth affects the lives of mortal beings. In a […]