Die Zauberflöte

NDSU Opera

NDSU Opera presents fully staged and costumed performances of operas with orchestra in Festival Concert Hall every spring. Recent productions have included HMS Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Britten), and Gianni Schicchi (Puccini). NDSU Opera also presents operas such as Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) and Venus and Adonis (Blow) at the NDSU Baroque Festival.

NDSU Opera Workshop presents staged and costumed scenes from operas with piano accompaniment in Beckwith Recital Hall.

Roles in NDSU Opera Theatre and Opera Workshop are assigned based on open auditions. NDSU Opera roles are typically filled by NDSU music graduate and undergraduate students.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kelly Burns.

Opera Auditions

Dido & Aeneas 2021


Le nozze di Figaro 2021

All American

All American 2021

We are pleased to present to you a LIVE performance of opera scenes from various Broadway Musicals including Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, Little Women, and more!


Patience 2019

Patience is a pointed satire of the Aesthetic Movement, which flourished in mid-19th century England and United States. “Art for Art’s Sake” was its followers' motto. More than 135 years since its premiere, today’s audiences will still relate to the comedy as a brilliant send-up of any fad or movement be it Goth, Beatniks, Flower Children, or Pokemon

Opera Wars

Opera Wars 2018

This double bill production featured the hilarious Impresario by Mozart followed by Ravel’s touching L’enfant et les sortilèges set during World War I.

Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro 2017

Mozart's 1786 masterwork, The Marriage of Figaro, casts a revolutionary eye on privilege and rank. Based on a banned play by French author Beaumarchais, it describes Count Almaviva's efforts to revive the hated "doit du Seigneur," or the right of a nobleman to sleep wtih his servantgirls before they marry...

HMS Pinafore

HMS Pinafore 2016

NDSU Opera presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta HMS Pinafore on Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. Both performances are at Festival Concert Hall located in NDSU’s Reineke Fine Arts Center, 12th Avenue North and Bolley Drive...

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2015

In August 1959, Britten decided to compose a full-evening opera for the reopening of the refurbished Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh in June 1960. As this left no time for a libretto to be prepared anew, he chose to adapt with Peter Pears Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, though as he admitted at the time, he had always admired the original play and was excited by the various levels of action between the different groups of characters...

Gianni Schicchi

Gianni Schicchi 2014

Chaos ensues in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi after an extremely wealthy man dies and the family searches frantically for the will.  After realizing he left his possessions to the local monastery, the family encourages Gianni Schicchi to impersonate the dead man long enough to change the will.  In the end, Schicchi agrees, but with consequences the greedy family had not foreseen...