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History of Opera and Music Theater Productions at OCU

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.

After hundreds of performance of 170 different operas and musicals, we look back in gratitude at the half-milliion 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.

110 in the ShadeSchmidt, Nash, JonesMusical2013
9 to 5: The MusicalParton, ResnickMusical2013
Albert HerringBrittenOpera1994
Amahl & the Night VisitorsMenottiOpera1954, 1957, 1958
Amelia Goes To the BallMenottiOpera1995
Annie Get Your GunBerlinMusical1987
Anything GoesPorterMusical1995
Apple Tree, The Bock & HarnickMusical2000
Ariadne on Naxos (Ariadne auf Naxos)R. StraussOpera1972
Ballad of Baby Doe, TheMooreOpera1970, 1980, 2008
Barber of Seville, The (Il barbiere di Siviglia)PaisielloOpera1980
Barber of Seville, The (Il barbiere di Siviglia)RossiniOpera1980, 1989, 2013
Bastien & BastienneMozartOpera1950
Bat Boy: The MusicalO'Keefe, Farley, FlemmingMusical2009, 2014
Bonnie and ClydeWildhornMusical2014
Boor, TheArgentoOpera2006
Boyfriend, The WilsonMusical1991
BrigadoonLoewe & LernerMusical1959, 1996, 2015
Bye, Bye BirdieStrouseMusical1962, 1980, 2002
Can CanPorterMusical1978
CandideBernsteinOpera1992, 1997
CarmenBizetOpera1981, 1991
Cavalleria RusticanaMascagniOpera1963
Child and the Spells, The (L'Enfant et les sortilèges)RavelOpera2014
Children of EdenSchwartzMusical2009
Chocolate Soldier, The O. StrausOpera1956
Consul, TheMenottiOpera2010
Coronation of Poppea, TheMonteverdiOpera2015
Cosi fan tutteMozartOpera1960, 1973, 1984, 1993, 2003, 2012
Crucible, The WardOpera1965, 1985
Desert Song, The RombergMusical1989
Destry Rides AgainRomeMusical1985
Dialogues of the Carmelites (Dialogues des carmélites)PoulencOpera1974, 2012
Dido & AneasPurcellOpera1986
Die FledermausJ. StraussOpera1970, 1988, 2009
Don GiovanniMozartOpera1966, 2010
Don PasqualeDonizettiOpera1999
Down in the ValleyWeillOpera1950
Drowne’s Wooden ImageLukeOpera1995
Elixir of Love, The (L'elisir d'amore)DonizettiOpera1979, 1993, 2002, 2011
Fantasticks, The SchmidtMusical1985, 1990 (Singapore), 2004
FaustGounodOpera1976, 1989, 1992
FootloosePitchford, snowMusical2008
Funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Forum, ASondheimMusical1991
Game of ChanceBarabOpera2000
George MChohenMusical1976
Gianni SchicciPucciniOpera1959, 1963, 1977, 1990, 2011
Gondoliers, The Gilbert & SullivanOpera1983, 1962, 1998
Good Soldier Schweike, The KurkaOpera1974
Guys and DollsLoesserMusical1992, 2005
H.M.S PinaforeGilbert & SullivanOpera1990, 1981
Hansel and GretelHumperdinckOpera1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1991, 2004
Hotel CasablancaPasatieriOpera2007
How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingLoeserMusical1997
I Can’t Stand WagnerBarabOpera2000
I PagliacciLeoncavalloOpera1959
Impresario, TheMozartOpera 2001
Into the WoodsSondheimMusical2013
Jesus Christ SuperstarWebberMusical2011
King & I, The Rodgers & HammersteinMusical2001
Kiss Me, KatePorterMusical1975, 1991, 2003, 2010
La BohèmePucciniOpera1979, 1989, 1996, 2006,
La PéricholeOffenbachOpera1994
La TraviataVerdiOpera1978, 1988, 2000
L'Amico FritzMascagniOpera1999
Lantern Marriage, The OffenbachOpera1952
Legally Blonde the MusicalO'Keefe, BenjaminMusical2012
L'Heure EspagnoleRavelOpera2003
Light in the Piazza, TheGuettel, LucasMusical2010
Little Mary SunshineBersoyanMusical1984
Little Night Music, ASondheimMusical1989, 2008
Little Shop of HorrorsMenkenMusical2011
Little WomenHowlandMusical2007
Lizzie BordenBeesonOpera1976
Lucia di LammermoorDonizettiOpera1984, 2001
Lucky StiffFlaherty & AhrensMusical2006
Madame ButterflyPucciniOpera1974, 1985
Magic Flute, The (Die Zauberflöte)MozartOpera1977, 1984, 2005
Man of La ManchaLeighMusical1976, 2004
Marriage of Figaro, The (Le Nozze di Figaro)MozartOpera1969, 1986, 1999, 2000
Masked Ball, A (Un Ballo in Maschera)VerdiOpera1964
Medium, The MenottieOpera1951, 1987, 2005
Merry MountHansonOpera1975
Merry Widow,The LeharOpera1979, 1957, 2004
Merry Wives of Windsor, The NicolaiOpera1995, 2007
Mikado, The Gilbert & SullivanOpera1980, 1993
Most Happy FellaLoesserMusical1994, 2008
Mother of Us All, TheThomsonOpera2012
Mrs. BullfrogLukeOpera1995
Music Man,The Wilson, M.Musical1994, 2006
My Fair LadyLerner and LoeweMusical1999
My One & OnlyGershwinMusical1998
Naughty MariettaHerbertOpera1982, 1997
Night of the CometsAlexander & KnightMusical2001
No, No, NanetteYoumansMusical1984
Of Thee I SingGershwinMusical2000
Oil City SymphonyCraver, Hardwick, MonkMusical2007
Oklahoma!Rodgers & HammersteinMusical1993, 2002
Old Maid & The Thief, TheMenottiOpera1965, 1987, 2001
On the TownBernsteinMusical1982
On Your ToesRodgers & HartMusical1988
Once Upon A MattressRodgersMusical1996
Opera RehearsalLortzingOpera2011
Otherwise Man, TheVangroveOpera1960
Our TownRorem, McClatchyOpera2014
Pajama Game, TheRossMusical1995
ParadeBrown, Jason RobertMusical2006
Pirates of PenzanceGilbert & SullivanOperetta1980, 2005, 2015
Prodigal SonBrittenOpera1957
Raiders to the SeaVaughan-WilliamsOpera1964
Red Mill, TheHerbertOpera1961
Roar of the Grease PaintBricusseMusical1976, 1986
Secret GardenSimon & NormanMusical2004
Secret of SusannaGoliscainiOpera1986
Seussical the MusicalFlaherty & AhrensMusical2005
Signor DelusoPasatieriOpera2006
Songs for a New WorldJason Robert BrownMusical 2004
South PacificRodgers & HammersteinMusical2014
Street SceneWeill, Hughes, RiceOpera2000, 2013
Streetcar Named Desire, AWilliamsOpera2007
Strike a MatchAlexander & KnightMusical1999
Sunday ExcursionWilderOpera1954, 1956
Suor AngelicaPucciniOpera1977, 2003, 2014
Susanna’s Secret (Il Segreto di Susanna)Wolfe-FerrariOpera1982
SusannahFloydOpera1983, 2003
Sweeney ToddSondheimMusical2000, 2012
Tales of Hoffmann, TheOffenbachOpera1967, 1973, 1983, 2012
Telephone, TheMenottiOpera1951, 1952, 1954, 1960, 1965, 2000
Tender Land, TheCoplandOpera 2003, 2014
The Sleepwalker (La Sonnambula)BelliniOpera 2005
The Swallow (La Rondine)PucciniOpera2001, 2008
The Willis (Le Villi)PucciniOpera2007
Thoroughly Modern MillieTesori, Morris, ScanlanMusical2010
Three Beggars, TheCarderOpera1965
Three Penny Opera, TheWeillOperetta1980
Too Many SopranosPenhorwoodOpera2008
Trouble in TahitiBernsteinOpera1990
Two Gentlemen of VeronaMacDermotMusical1975
Unmusical Impressario, TheDavisOpera1958
Urban Cowboy: The MusicalLathamMusical2006
VioletTesori, CrawleyMusical2013
Wedding Singer, TheSklar/BeguelinMusical2011
West Side StoryBernsteinMusical1990, 2003
Wonderful TownBernsteinMusical1980
WorkingSchwartzMusical 2003