College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

CU Opera

  • The Rake's Progress, 2012

    The Rake's Progress, 2012

  • Marriage of Figaro, 2011

    Marriage of Figaro, 2011

  • Carousel, 2010

    Carousel, 2010

  • La Traviata, 2009

    La Traviata, 2009

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The CU Opera program has been designated a “Program of Excellence” by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Students from the CU Opera program have won top awards in the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes competition 3 out of the last 4 seasons. Undergraduate and graduate students at the College present several major productions each year. These include fully staged and costumed operas and musicals such as The Rake's Progress, Le nozze di Figaro, La Traviata, Side by Side by Sondheim and Carousel. Other performance opportunities for students include an annual student-directed opera scenes program as well as CU NOW, which showcases modern, American operas. The CU Opera Director is Leigh Holman, and the CU Opera Conductor is Nicholas Carthy.

The Opera Team

Department Chair
Director of CU Opera, Resident Stage Director, Assistant Professor
Associate Professor, Opera Music Director
Associate Professor, Voice Coach
Instructor, Voice Coach
Ron Mueller
CU Opera Technical Director, Senior Instructor
Tom Robbins
CU Opera Costume Designer


CU Opera Program

Friday 4/9

Great repertoire, lavish scenery, amazing voices, and outstanding value--these are the hallmarks of CU Opera.

CU Opera’s “Susannah”

Wednesday 3/9

Meet Malcolm Ulbrich and Wei Wu, the singers portraying Reverend Olin Blitch in CU Opera

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