The St. Olaf College Music Department provides aspiring singer-actors with a variety of training and performing opportunities that prepare them for the challenges of this richly rewarding artistic pursuit. Production repertoire and coursework are designed to nurture the growth of a healthy young performer in an environment of artistry, creativity, cooperation, support, and respect with the full support and mentorship of the voice faculty.
Lyric Theater Season
Unique among private liberal arts colleges in the state, the St. Olaf Music Department offers a complete Lyric Theater season of three fully-produced operas, operettas, or musicals as well as an evening of opera scenes in order to provide St. Olaf students with a broad spectrum of practical lyric theatre opportunities during their college careers. Past productions include Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, Bizet’s Carmen, Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges, Sondheim’s Company, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and the world-premiere of James McKeel’s jazz-era opera Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum.
Each year in the Spring Semester the Music Department offers qualified student stage and music directors* (Juniors or Seniors) an opportunity to direct an opera, operetta, or musical under the guidance of the Lyric Theater staff. The student directors are responsible for auditions, music and staging rehearsals, space reservations, set, lighting, and costume designs, and public relations. The experience is of special value to Music Education students who may be required to direct middle school/high school productions as part of their future teaching responsibilities, but is also open to other BA and BM music majors. Interested student directors or directing teams may apply in OCTOBER following an announcement from the Lyric Theater Staff.
This production requires an audition, but is NOT a course.
*The Student Director positions require a substantial time/energy commitment and should only be considered by students with a manageable academic load in the semester of the production.