Opera

UNT Opera presents three full productions each year, accompanied by the UNT orchestras, in the intimate setting of the Lyric Theater. Productions are carefully selected with the goal of exposing our students to a wide variety of literature in a broad range of musical and theatrical styles. Students are given opportunities for solo or ensemble roles that complement their education both vocally and dramatically (productions are usually double-cast). Preparation for every production emphasizes process as well as product. Through consistent, individualized training, students achieve the highest standards of performing excellence. The ultimate goal of UNT Opera's program is to develop free, expressive, integrated, “full-spectrum” performers. After so many years with the wonderful Paula Homer at the helm, UNT Opera welcomes Jonathan Eaton as new director. Jonathan has a combined career of professional stage directing and teaching. He says: "I have been so fortunate in my life to be able to work in this fantastic art form, and am thrilled to be working now at UNT. The college has a proud tradition in opera going back many years, and boasts world-class music faculty with coach Willem van Schalkwyk and Music Director Stephanie Rhodes Russell. And perhaps most important of all: the students are fabulous. I feel privileged to able to help pass on the torch to new generations!" Jonathan has worked in many of the great opera houses in the world as a stage director. In North America these include Chicago Lyric, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Philadelphia Opera, New York City Opera (with productions broadcast nationwide on Great Performances Live from Lincoln Center) and our own Dallas Opera. In Europe he has directed at The Royal Opera Covent Garden, English and Welsh National Operas, Dutch National Opera, the operas of Lyons, Nantes and Nancy, and a number of German opera houses. He was Professor of Opera at CCM in Cincinnati, at Carnegie Mellon University and Cleveland Institute of Music. He retains his summer position as Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

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UNT Opera presents three full productions each year, accompanied by the UNT orchestras, in the intimate setting of the Lyric Theater. Productions are carefully selected with the goal of exposing our students to a wide variety of literature in a broad range of musical and theatrical styles. Students are given opportunities for solo or ensemble roles that complement their education both vocally and dramatically (productions are usually double-cast). Preparation for every production emphasizes process as well as product. Through consistent, individualized training, students achieve the highest standards of performing excellence. The ultimate goal of UNT Opera's program is to develop free, expressive, integrated, “full-spectrum” performers.

After so many years with the wonderful Paula Homer at the helm, UNT Opera welcomes Jonathan Eaton as new director. Jonathan has a combined career of professional stage directing and teaching. He says: "I have been so fortunate in my life to be able to work in this fantastic art form, and am thrilled to be working now at UNT. The college has a proud tradition in opera going back many years, and boasts world-class music faculty with coach Willem van Schalkwyk and Music Director Stephanie Rhodes Russell. And perhaps most important of all: the students are fabulous. I feel privileged to able to help pass on the torch to new generations!"

Jonathan has worked in many of the great opera houses in the world as a stage director. In North America these include Chicago Lyric, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Philadelphia Opera, New York City Opera (with productions broadcast nationwide on Great Performances Live from Lincoln Center) and our own Dallas Opera. In Europe he has directed at The Royal Opera Covent Garden, English and Welsh National Operas, Dutch National Opera, the operas of Lyons, Nantes and Nancy, and a number of German opera houses. He was Professor of Opera at CCM in Cincinnati, at Carnegie Mellon University and Cleveland Institute of Music. He retains his summer position as Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera. 

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