College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Eklund Opera Program

  • 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 Eklund Opera Program (formerly CU Opera) has been designated a “Program of Excellence” by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. Students from the 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 (read about CU NOW's most recent workshopped piece here), and the Opera Theater Singers, an outreach program which takes graduate students to area schools and other venues. The Eklund Family Opera Program director is Leigh Holman, and the conductor is Nicholas Carthy.

The Opera Team

Patrick Mason
Department Chair

Leigh Holman
Director of the Eklund Opera Program, Resident Stage Director, Assistant Professor

Nicholas Carthy
Associate Professor, Opera Music Director

Mutsumi Moteki
Associate Professor, Voice Coach

Ron Mueller
Technical Director, Senior Instructor

Tom Robbins
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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