On April 4, 1930, Oklahoma City University presented its first musical production – Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore. As OCU's talent pool and audiences grew over the next two decades, the university established the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company. In 1951, it mounted the first of what has become 63 consecutive seasons of fully staged productions.
Now, after hundreds of performances of 140 different operas and musicals, we look back in gratitude at the half-million people who have attended shows on campus or on one of our international tours. We realize that the best way to build on the successes of the past is to confidently embrace the future. Our audiences enjoy the nation's most dynamic young performers, innovative stagings, and a repertoire that combines the comfort of the familiar with the thrill of the unexplored.
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Jonathan Larson, book, music, and lyrics (1994)
Maury Yeston, music and lyrics
Arthur Kopit, book (1982)
Gaetano Donizetti, music
Giovanni Ruffini, Libretto (1843)
The Magic Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, music
Emanuel Schikaneder, libretto (1791)
Michael Daugherty, music
Wayne Koestenbaum, libretto (1997)
Andrew Lloyd Webber, music
Tim Rice, lyrics (1978)