Opera Theater

November 11, 13, 14, 2015, 8 p.m. and November 15, 2015, 2 p.m.

The Rape of Lucretia

Britten’s self-styled “chamber opera” unfolds as an ancient pagan tragedy viewed through the eyes of its two Christian choruses: one male and one female. Read more

March 9, 11, 12, 2016, 8 p.m. and March 13, 2016, 2 p.m.


The beautiful sorceress Alcina and her sister Morgana have taken warriors and knights to their magic island and transformed them into various objects and animals. The paladin Ruggiero becomes enchanted by the sisters, but has so far escaped the fate of his comrades. Read more

Piano 2016 | Violin 2017
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$10,000 first prize

Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra.

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About Oberlin Opera Theater

Oberlin Opera Theater has long been synonymous with excellence. Staging two major productions with orchestra each year, Oberlin Opera’s performances have received the highest critical acclaim, often challenging the operatic norm. Past conductors have included Robert Spano, Stephen Lord, Ward Holmquist, and Ari Pelto. The program has developed some of today’s brightest stars, including Denyce Graves, Franco Farina, Christopher Robertson, Lisa Saffer, and Robert Sims. In 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2011, Oberlin graduates Carolyn Betty, Alyson Cambridge, Alek Shrader, Edward Parks, and Sydney Mancasola, respectively, won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

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