The AU Opera Theatre is the university’s opera and music theater performing ensemble. Students in all disciplines of study are welcome to register. Community members are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

AU Opera Theatre is an artistic and educational training program for undergraduate singers. We offer tailored performance opportunities each semester that aid in strengthening skills young musicians need as singing actors. Recent semesters have included fully staged productions, scenes programs, music theatre cabarets, and educational outreach performances at local schools. 

Our mission includes introducing students to the standard, canonic repertoire in the operatic domain; providing high-level music preparation and language training; teaching students how to improve their work in character development; and preparing participants with the foundations and prerequisites of musicianship and stage performance for graduate-level and pre-professional work. 

For middle and high school students, Augusta University's Music Conservatory offers a Voice & Music Theatre day camp. Rising 7th graders through graduating 12th graders are welcomed to campus for a week-long music theater intensive where students have daily sessions learning music fundamentals and participate in voice/drama/dance classes as well as rehearsals for an end-of-the-week performance. Camp takes place in the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, directed by Dr. Díana Thompson-Brewer and assisted by professional clinicians, guest instructors and student aids.

Opera group photo

Upcoming Auditions:

  • AU Opera Theatre Fall course: Tuesday, August 22, 2023, 1:00-1:50pm FAC (room TBD)
  • AU Opera's production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte 
    • for Lead and Comprimario roles: Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 1:00-2:50pm FAC (room TBD)
    • Spring course: Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 1:00-1:50pm FAC (room TBD)

Upcoming Performances:

  • Opera Scenes: Thursday, October 5th @ 7pm. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre featuring singers from Grovetown High School & AU alumni (popular duets, trios, and quartets from the opera’s standard literature and more).  
  • Die Zauberflöte by W.A. Mozart – Friday, March 22nd & Saturday, March 23rd @ 7pm. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre: featuring Professional Guest Artists, the Davidson Fine Arts Chorale as the Chorus, singers from the North Augusta High School choral program, local professional instrumentalists, local dancers, members of the AU Wind and String Ensembles, and more! Fully staged production sung in German with English dialogue and supertitles.

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Opera Ensemble

Dr. Díana Thompson-Brewer