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Drake Opera Theater

Professional level stage experience for undergraduate students with full productions and scene work!

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The Drake University Opera Theater is a performance ensemble that is listed as a course offering (MUS 169). All Drake students involved in the opera are selected through an audition process. Auditions are held every fall semester. MUS 169 meets in the spring semester every Wednesday 4-6 pm and Fridays 3-5 pm. Additional rehearsals are scheduled throughout the semester according to student availability and the two weeks prior to the production. 

The Drake Opera Theater provides students the opportunity to explore the genre of opera by mounting a production over the course of a semester.   Students will have the opportunity to build upon the training obtained in the vocal studios by gaining valuable acting and singing experiences on the stage. Students will explore the theatrical ensemble and gain an understanding of all production elements. Students will become more independent musicians. Students will have the rare opportunity of singing a complete opera in a native language with orchestra at an undergraduate level. 

Since 2003, Drake University Faculty Member, Dr. Ann Cravero, has enthusiastically introduced students to the charm and splendor of opera.  The Drake Opera provides compelling productions with repertoire ranging from full performances such as The Elixir of Love, The Magic Flute, The Tender Land, and The Pirates of Penzance to opera scenes and acts such as Così fan tutte, The Impresario and Trouble in Tahiti. The Drake Opera Theater Performances are produced in the Performance Arts Hall with the full productions accompanied by a collaboration of Drake Faculty, students, and professional musicians in the local area.

The Drake Opera Theater also brings in guest artists such as world-renowned directors, coaches and singers such as former Metropolitan Opera Baritone and Drake Alumni Sherrill Milnes, soprano Maria Zouves, former Metropolitan opera singer Janet Alcorn, and directors Sally Stunkel, Gary Race, Andrew Ryker, and Tony Humrichouser. Students of Drake Opera Theater are often heard singing and performing for local opera chapters, retirement homes, and providing community outreach. 

Tickets are available at the Drake Fine Arts Box Office 515-271-3841.

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Past Productions

Drake Opera Theater Proudly Presents 

The Magic Flute – W. A. Mozart

Sung in German with Supertitles. Dialogue in English

Ann Cravero, Director & Stefano Vignati, Conductor

Leanne Freeman Miller, Musical Director - Aimee Beckmann Collier Choral Master

Friday and Saturday May 4 & 5th , 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday May 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Harmon Center for the Performing Arts
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
General admission $15
students, seniors, and those with a Drake I.D. $10

Tickets may be purchased at the Drake University Fine Arts Box Office, 515-271-3841 during box office hours (M-F noon to 6pm, Weekends noon to 4pm) or online at

The Drake Opera Theater is very grateful for your generous contributions to help support the production of THE MAGIC FLUTE
In order for the funding to go to Opera, the online contributions must be designated to the College of Arts and Sciences with the DRAKE OPERA THEATER specified in the ‘comments’ section.

Checks can be written to Drake Opera Theater and sent to:
Dr. Ann Cravero
Drake University - Fine Arts Center #268A
1310 25th St.
Des Moines, IA 50311

Thank you for making the dream of opera come alive for our very talented and motivated students!

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