Opera Theatre

Established in 1997, GVSU Opera Theatre was founded to provide GVSU students who sing and act an opportunity to work with stage and music directors from the world of professional opera and theatre. Since 2014, the season has been expanded to include 2 main stage productions per academic year featuring classically based operatic works as well as traditional and new music theatre. 

Students who are active in Opera Theatre throughout their undergraduate education have the opportunity to go to NYC to showcase for professional talent agents and casting directors as an opportunity to transition into the professional performance world after graduation.  For more information about this opportunity, contact Dale Schriemer.

2022-2023 Opera Theatre Productions

A Minister's Wife
Based on the play Candida by George Bernard Shaw
Music by Joshua Schmidt, Lyrics by Jan Levy Tranen, Book by Austin Pendleton
Directed by Dale Schriemer

October 28, 29 and November 4, 5  at 7:30 PM
October 30 and November 6  at 2:00 PM
Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn, Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman with additional material by Jay Reiss

February 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 PM
February 19 and 26 at 2:00 PM
Louis Armstrong Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts

Past Productions

Amanda Haverdink singing Lost in the Stars
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Wonderful Town (2019), Photo by Samantha Brigham

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Sweeney Todd (2017)

1997 Amahl and the Night Visitors 
         directed by Laura Salazar

1999 Into the Woods 
         directed by Ben Krywocz

2000 Saturn Returns (Trouble in Tahiti, Myths and Hymns)
         directed by Ben Krywocz

2001 My Fair Lady
         directed by Ben Krywocz

2002 The Bartered Bride
directed by Isabel Milenski

2003 Guys and Dolls
         directed by Karen Babcock

2004 Street Scene
         directed by Isabel Milenski

2005 The Secret Garden
         directed by Karen Babcock

2006 Pirates of Penzance
         directed by Isabel Milenski

2007 Ragtime
         directed by Karen Babcock

2008 Candide
         directed by Will Graham

2009 Into the Woods
         directed by Karen Babcock

2010 The Boy who wouldn’t do his Homework (L’enfant et les Sortileges)
         directed by Isabel Milenski

2011 The Light in the Piazza
directed by Dorothy Danner

2012 The Three Penny Opera
         directed by Dorothy Danner

2013 Amahl and the Night Visitors
         directed by Dale Schriemer

directed by Dorothy Danner

2014 The Magic Flute
directed by Karen Babcock

         directed by Karen Babcock

2015 Dido and Anneas
         directed by Dale Schriemer

         directed by Christopher Chase Carter

2016 Gianni Schicchi
         directed by Dale Schriemer

         Sweeney Todd
         directed by Christopher Chase Carter

2017 "A Kurt Weill Cabaret"
         directed by Dale Schriemer

         directed by Christopher Chase Carter

2018 "Masquerade"
         directed by Karen Libman

         Wonderful Town
         directed by Christopher Chase Carter

2019 Mother Goose and The Naughty Boy
         directed by Dale Schriemer

2020 Working 2012
         directed by Ericka Mac

2021 Songs for A New World
 directed by Dale Schriemer

         Side by Side by Sondheim
directed by Ericka Mac

Opera Theatre News

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Photo by Kendra Stanley-Mills

GV Magazine Feature on OT Alum/Director, Chris Carter

This month's Grand Valley Magazine features a story on MTD Alum Christopher Chase Carter ('09, Dance), a Chicago-based director and choreographer who is putting his GVSU degree to good use.

Read more about his journey at the link:

For more information, please contact Dale Schriemer.

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