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Opera at CWU

Die Fledermaus - April 2013

Opera is a growing and vital part of the CWU Vocal Program, producing at least one operatic production each year. The CWU Opera Workshop provides a positive learning experience for music students in all aspects of stagecraft and performance which culminates in an enjoyable offering of polished operatic entertainment for the Ellensburg community.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Central’s recent production for receiving national recognition from the National Opera Association in the Opera Video Production Competition!

  • 2010    1st Place, Category 1, The Tender Land by Aaron Copland
  • 2011     2nd Place Category 2,  A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim

CWU's award winning opera of Aaron Copland's The Tender Land is now available in the Wildcat shop or online here!

Scene from Mostly MozartIn addition to the annual opera production, CWU offers a variety of courses in operatic training, such as Diction for Singers, Opera History and Acting for Singers. Students are given the opportunity to coach and work on operatic repertoire in private voice lessons as well as in Weekly Studio Classes with CWU faculty members. Master classes with visiting professionals from the Seattle Opera and elsewhere also help students perfect their operatic repertoire.

CWU opera productions are often accompanied by the fine CWU Chamber Orchestra conducted by Dr. Nikolas Caoile providing invaluable experience to the singers on stage and the orchestral players in the pit.

Student interest in opera is supported by the SNATS Club, which provides financial support to the Opera Workshop as well as providing students with performance opportunities at the popular Bella Notte event and by providing some funding for the NATS competition. SNATS also organizes student trips to see professional operas and shows outside of Ellensburg and sponsors vocal masterclasses and speakers.

Please contact Dr. Gayla Blaisdell with any questions and “LIKE” our CWU Opera Ensemble page on Facebook!  We’d love to share the excitement of opera at CWU with you!

Gayla Blaisdell, Ph.D. 
Assistant Prof. of Voice and Opera
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7458

509-963-1316 (phone)
509-963-1239 (fax)