Fresno State Opera Theatre

Dr. Anthony P.Radford, Director

Left to right: Sarah Rector, soprano, Valerie Salcedo, soprano Constantine Pappas, baritone and Amy Jaynes, soprano

Fresno State Opera Theatre educates young singers in the art of opera through a program of classes in body awareness, stage techniques and acting.  Students have the opportunity to perform in opera scenes and full productions with orchestra.  Recent productions include La Boheme with the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra, Amahl and the Night Visitors with chamber orchestra and Elixir of Love in full production with piano.  Yearly scenes programs explore various themes in the operatic literature. Recent themes were “Opera in the Country”,  “French Opera Scenes”, “Opera Favorites” and an entire show of great opera finales.

The Opera Theatre also provides students with other exciting opportunities such as exploring new works and working with guest artists. Fresno State Opera Theatre recently commissioned a work by students Carlos Gamboa and Sharon Rogers titled “Mother, please”. Guests have included author and director David Ostwald, director Yefim Maizel, and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian.

In 2013/14 Fresno State Opera Theatre collaborates with the San Jose State Opera Theatre in an exchange with each opera program visiting the other to work on and perform opera scenes.