Bass School of Music  
History of Opera and Music Theater Productions at OCU

On April 4, 1930, Oklahoma City University preented 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 59 consecutive seasons of fully staged productions.

After hundreds of performance of 140 different operas and musicals, we look back in gratitutde 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.

Production Composer Year Produced
A Funny Thing Happened... Sondheim 1991
A Little Night Music Sondheim 1989, 2008
Un Ballo in Maschera Verdi 1964
Albert Herring Britten 1994
Amahl and the Night Visitors Menotti 1954, 1957, 1958
Amelia Goes To the Ball Menotti 1995
Annie Get Your Gun Berlin 1987
Anything Goes Porter 1995
The Apple Tree Bock and Harnick 2000
Ariadne Auf Naxos Richard Strauss 1972
Baby Maltby and Shire 1998
The Ballad of Baby Doe Moore 1970, 1980, 2008
The Barber of Seville Rossini 1980, 1989
The Barber of Seville Paisiello 1980
Bastien and Bastienne Mozart 1950
Brigadoon Lerner 1959
Bittersweet Coward 1975
The Boyfriend Wilson 1991
Brownstone Larson, Rubins and Cadiff 1988
Bye, Bye Birdie Strouse, Adams and Stewart 1962, 1980, 2002
Can Can Porter 1978
Candide Bernstein 1992,1997
Carmen Bizet 1991, 1981
Carnival Heusen 1986
Carnival Merrill 1998
Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni 1963
Cendrillon Massenet 1998
The Chocolate Soldier Oscar Strauss 1956
Cosi fan tutte Mozart 1960, 1973, 1984, 1993, 2003
The Crucible Ward 1965, 1985
The Desert Song Romberg 1989
Destry Rides Again Rome 1985
Dialogue of the Carmelites Poulenc 1974
Dido and Aneas Purcell 1986
Die Fledermaus Johann Strauss 1970, 1988
Don Giovanni Mozart 1966
Down in the Valley Weill 1950
Drowne’s Wooden Image Luke 1995
Elijah Mendelssohn 1954
L'elisir d'amore Donizetti 1979, 1993, 2002
Falstaff Verdi 2002
The Fantasticks Schmidt 1985, 1990 (Singapore), 2004
Faust Gounod 1976, 1992
Game of Chance Barab 2000
George M Cohen 1976
Gianni Schicci Puccini 1991, 1977, 1963, 1959
Godspell Schwartz 1975
Gondoliers,The Sullivan 1962, 1983, 1998
The Good Soldier Schweike Kurka 1974
Grease Casey 1982
Guys and Dolls Loesser 1992, 2005
Gypsy Styne 1977
H.M.S Pinafore Sullivan 1990, 1981
Hansel and Gretel Humperdinck 1973-1979, 1991, 2004
Hotel Casablanca Pasatieri 2007
How to Succeed in Business... Loeser 1997
I Can’t Stand Wagner Barab 2000
I Pagliacci Leoncavallo 1959
The Impresario Mozart 2001
The King & I Rodgers and Hammerstein 2001
Kismet Wright and Forest 1999
Kiss Me, Kate Porter 1975, 1991
L’Amico Fritz Mascagni 1999
L’Heure Espagnole Ravel 2004
La Boheme Puccini 1979, 1989, 1996, 2006
La Perichole Offenbach 1994
La Rondine Puccini 2001
La Sonnambula Bellini 2005
La Traviata Verdi 1978, 1988, 2000
The Lantern Marriage Offenbach 1952
Le Villi Puccini 2007
Little Mary Sunshine Besoyan 1984
Little Women Howland and Dickstein 2007
Lizzie Borden Beeson 1976
Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti 1984, 2001
Lucky Stiff Ahrens and Flaherty 2006
Madama Butterfly Puccini 1974, 1985
Die Zauberflöte Mozart 1977, 1984, 2005
Man of La Mancha Leigh and Darion 1976, 2004
Manon Massenet 1987
Le nozze di Figaro Mozart 1969, 1986, 1999
Medea Luke 1981
The Medium Menotti 1951, 1987, 2005
Merry Mount Hanson 1975
The Merry Widow Lehar 1957, 1979, 2004
The Merry Wives of Windsor Nicolai 1995, 2007
The Mikado Sullivan 1980, 1993
Most Happy Fella Loesser 1994
Mrs. Bullfrog Luke 1995
The Music Man Wilson 1994, 2006
My Fair Lady Lerner and Loewe 1999
My One and Only Gershwin 1998
Naughty Marietta Herbert 1982,1997
Night of the Comets Alexander and Knight 2001
No, No, Nanette Youmans 1984
Of Thee I Sing Gershwin 2000
Oil City Symphony Craver, Hardwick, Monk, Murfitt 2007
Oklahoma! Rodgers and Hammerstein 1993, 2002
The Old Maid & The Thief Menotti 2001, 1987, 1965
On the Town Bernstein 1982
On Your Toes Rodgers and Hart 1988
Once Upon A Mattress Rodgers and Barer 1996
The Otherwise Man Vangrove 1960
The Pajama Game Adler & Ross 1995
Parade Brown 2006
Passion Sondheim 2002
Pippin Schwartz 1979
Pirates of Penzance Gilbert and Sullivan 2005
Prodigal Son Britten 1957
Purlie Geld 1983
Raiders to the Sea Vaughan-Williams 1964
The Red Mill Herbert 1961
Rehearsal York 1980
Rigoletto Verdi 1975
Roar of the Grease Paint Bricusse 1976, 1986
Rosina Shield 1980
Secret Garden Simon and Norman 2004
Senor Deluso Pasatieri 2006
Seussical the Musical Ahrens and Flaherty 2005
Don Pasquale Donizetti 1999
Songs for a New World Jason Robert Brown 2004
Streetcar Named Desire Previn 2007
Streetscene Weill 2000
Strike a Match Alexander and Knight 1999
Sunday Excursion Wilder 1956, 1954
Suor Angelica Puccini 1977, 2003
Il segreto di Susanna Wolfe-Ferrari 1982, 1986
Susannah Floyd 1983, 2003
Sweeney Todd Sondheim 2000
The Tales of Hoffmann Offenbach 1967, 1973, 1983
Tartuffe Mechem 1992
The Telephone Menotti 1951, 1952, 1954, 1960, 1965
The Tendar Land Copeland 2003
The Boor Argento 2006
The King & I Rodgers & Hammerstein 2001
The Three Beggars Carder 1965
The Three Penny Opera Weill 1980
Trouble in Tahiti Bernstein 1990
Two Gentlemen of Verona MacDermot 1975
The Unmusical Impressario Davis 1958
Urban Cowboy Latham 2006
Urinetown Hollman 2008
Werther Massenet 1989
West Side Story Berstein 1990, 2003
Wonderful Town Berstein 1980
Working Schwartz, et al 2003