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, and musicals as well as Broadway revues, opera-in-the-schools outreach, improvised opera, and an opera creation residency for local schools. The depth and variety of these offerings provides St. Olaf students with a broad spectrum of practical lyric theater opportunities during their college careers. Past productions include Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan Tutti, Bizet’s Carmen, Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortileges, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Britten’s Albert Herring as well as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Candide, and world-premieres of Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum, The Mysteries, and Fabrizio’s Comet by professor of music, James McKeel.