The opera program at Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music presents bi-annual
performances of operatic excerpts and full-scale productions. Recent productions
have included The Elixir of Love, Don Giovanni,
Iolanthe, Gianni Schicchi, The Magic Flute, The Beautiful Bridegroom, and Too Many Sopranos.
The School of Music's Opera Program has long been recognized as a fertile training
ground for the serious performance major. We commit faculty resources and financial
support to help the performance major interested in the Musical Stage (Opera) so that
they will experience their art by "performing" and "experiencing" their craft.
The philosophy of Opera at Illinois Wesleyan, under the direction and supervision
of Robert Mangialardi has addressed both the essential expectations of the profession and the extraordinary
belief put in to practice that the young singer must have the opportunity to test
their talent and hone their skills in front of an audience. So to that end the program
of performance studies (BM in Voice) has been constructed to meet the professional needs of the young singer through
the more advanced skills of the upper class student.
Staged musical experiences are offered on two levels: (1) Opera Workshop offers a
laboratory experience where students receive the basic stage training through the
academic/performance experiences through musical excerpts and scenes; (2) Opera Theatre
is an auditioned experience devoted to the spring performance of one-act and full-length
operatic works. In addition, students may select independent study projects in opera,
which may include serving as assistant conductors, or presenting a program or short