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.

TITLE COMPOSER TYPE YEAR(S) PERFORMED
110 in the Shade Schmidt, Nash, Jones Musical 2013
9 to 5: The Musical Parton, Resnick Musical 2013
Albert Herring Britten Opera 1994
Amahl & the Night Visitors Menotti Opera 1954, 1957, 1958
Amelia Goes To the Ball Menotti Opera 1995
Annie Get Your Gun Berlin Musical 1987
Anything Goes Porter Musical 1995
Apple Tree, The  Bock & Harnick Musical 2000
Ariadne on Naxos (Ariadne auf Naxos) R. Strauss Opera 1972
Assassins Sondheim Musical 2009
Baby Maltby/Shire Musical 1998
Ballad of Baby Doe, The Moore Opera 1970, 1980, 2008
Barber of Seville, The (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Paisiello Opera 1980
Barber of Seville, The (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Rossini Opera 1980, 1989, 2013
Bastien & Bastienne Mozart Opera 1950
Bat Boy: The Musical O'Keefe, Farley, Flemming Musical 2009, 2014
Bittersweet Coward Musical 1975
Bonnie and Clyde Wildhorn Musical 2014
Boor, The Argento Opera 2006
Boyfriend, The  Wilson Musical 1991
Brigadoon Loewe & Lerner Musical 1959, 1996, 2015
Brownstone Larson/Rubins Musical 1988
Bye, Bye Birdie Strouse Musical 1962, 1980, 2002
Can Can Porter Musical 1978
Candide Bernstein Opera 1992, 1997
Carmen Bizet Opera 1981, 1991
Carnival Heusen Musical 1986
Carnival Merrill Musical 1998
Cavalleria Rusticana Mascagni Opera 1963
Cendrillon Massenet Opera 1998
Child and the Spells, The (L'Enfant et les sortilèges) Ravel Opera 2014
Children of Eden Schwartz Musical 2009
Chocolate Soldier, The  O. Straus Opera 1956
Consul, The Menotti Opera 2010
Coronation of Poppea, The Monteverdi Opera 2015
Cosi fan tutte Mozart Opera 1960, 1973, 1984, 1993, 2003, 2012
Crucible, The  Ward Opera 1965, 1985
Desert Song, The  Romberg Musical 1989
Destry Rides Again Rome Musical 1985
Dialogues of the Carmelites (Dialogues des carmélites) Poulenc Opera 1974, 2012
Dido & Aneas Purcell Opera 1986
Die Fledermaus J. Strauss Opera 1970, 1988, 2009
Don Giovanni Mozart Opera 1966, 2010
Don Pasquale Donizetti Opera 1999
Down in the Valley Weill Opera 1950
Drowne’s Wooden Image Luke Opera 1995
Elijah Mendelssohn Opera 1954
Elixir of Love, The (L'elisir d'amore) Donizetti Opera 1979, 1993, 2002, 2011
Falstaff Verdi Opera 2002
Fantasticks, The  Schmidt Musical 1985, 1990 (Singapore), 2004
Faust Gounod Opera 1976, 1989, 1992
Footloose Pitchford, snow Musical 2008
Funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Forum, A Sondheim Musical 1991
Game of Chance Barab Opera 2000
George M Chohen Musical 1976
Gianni Schicci Puccini Opera 1959, 1963, 1977, 1990, 2011
Godspell Schwartz Musical 1975
Gondoliers, The  Gilbert & Sullivan Opera 1983, 1962, 1998
Good Soldier Schweike, The  Kurka Opera 1974
Grease Casey Musical 1982
Guys and Dolls Loesser Musical 1992, 2005
Gypsy Styne Musical 1977
H.M.S Pinafore Gilbert & Sullivan Opera 1990, 1981
Hansel and Gretel Humperdinck Opera 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1991, 2004
Hotel Casablanca Pasatieri Opera 2007
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Loeser Musical 1997
I Can’t Stand Wagner Barab Opera 2000
I Pagliacci Leoncavallo Opera 1959
Impresario, The Mozart Opera  2001
Into the Woods Sondheim Musical 2013
Jesus Christ Superstar Webber Musical 2011
King & I, The  Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical 2001
Kismet Wright/Forest Musical 1999
Kiss Me, Kate Porter Musical 1975, 1991, 2003, 2010
La Bohème Puccini Opera 1979, 1989, 1996, 2006,
La Périchole Offenbach Opera 1994
La Traviata Verdi Opera 1978, 1988, 2000
L'Amico Fritz Mascagni Opera 1999
Lantern Marriage, The  Offenbach Opera 1952
Legally Blonde the Musical O'Keefe, Benjamin Musical 2012
L'Heure Espagnole Ravel Opera 2003
Light in the Piazza, The Guettel, Lucas Musical 2010
Little Mary Sunshine Bersoyan Musical 1984
Little Night Music, A Sondheim Musical 1989, 2008
Little Shop of Horrors Menken Musical 2011
Little Women Howland Musical 2007
Lizzie Borden Beeson Opera 1976
Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti Opera 1984, 2001
Lucky Stiff Flaherty & Ahrens Musical 2006
Madame Butterfly Puccini Opera 1974, 1985
Magic Flute, The (Die Zauberflöte) Mozart Opera 1977, 1984, 2005
Man of La Mancha Leigh Musical 1976, 2004
Manon Massenet Opera 1987
Marriage of Figaro, The (Le Nozze di Figaro) Mozart Opera 1969, 1986, 1999, 2000
Masked Ball, A (Un Ballo in Maschera) Verdi Opera 1964
Medea Luke Opera 1981
Medium, The  Menottie Opera 1951, 1987, 2005
Merry Mount Hanson Opera 1975
Merry Widow,The  Lehar Opera 1979, 1957, 2004
Merry Wives of Windsor, The  Nicolai Opera 1995, 2007
Mikado, The  Gilbert & Sullivan Opera 1980, 1993
Most Happy Fella Loesser Musical 1994, 2008
Mother of Us All, The Thomson Opera 2012
Mrs. Bullfrog Luke Opera 1995
Music Man,The  Wilson, M. Musical 1994, 2006
My Fair Lady Lerner and Loewe Musical 1999
My One & Only Gershwin Musical 1998
Naughty Marietta Herbert Opera 1982, 1997
Night of the Comets Alexander & Knight Musical 2001
No, No, Nanette Youmans Musical 1984
Of Thee I Sing Gershwin Musical 2000
Oil City Symphony Craver, Hardwick, Monk Musical 2007
Oklahoma! Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical 1993, 2002
Old Maid & The Thief, The Menotti Opera 1965, 1987, 2001
On the Town Bernstein Musical 1982
On Your Toes Rodgers & Hart Musical 1988
Once Upon A Mattress Rodgers Musical 1996
Opera Rehearsal Lortzing Opera 2011
Otherwise Man, The Vangrove Opera 1960
Our Town Rorem, McClatchy Opera 2014
Pagliacci Leoncavallo Opera 2011
Pajama Game, The Ross Musical 1995
Parade Brown, Jason Robert Musical 2006
Passion Sondheim Musical 2002
Pippin Shewartz Musical 1979
Pirates of Penzance Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta 1980, 2005, 2015
Prodigal Son Britten Opera 1957
Purlie Geld Musical 1983
Raiders to the Sea Vaughan-Williams Opera 1964
Red Mill, The Herbert Opera 1961
Rehearsal York Musical 1980
Rigoletto Verdi Opera 1975
Roar of the Grease Paint Bricusse Musical 1976, 1986
Rosina Shield Opera 1980
Secret Garden Simon & Norman Musical 2004
Secret of Susanna Goliscaini Opera 1986
Seussical the Musical Flaherty & Ahrens Musical 2005
Signor Deluso Pasatieri Opera 2006
Smile Hamlish Musical 2010
Songs for a New World Jason Robert Brown Musical  2004
South Pacific Rodgers & Hammerstein Musical 2014
Street Scene Weill, Hughes, Rice Opera 2000, 2013
Streetcar Named Desire, A Williams Opera 2007
Strike a Match Alexander & Knight Musical 1999
Sunday Excursion Wilder Opera 1954, 1956
Suor Angelica Puccini Opera 1977, 2003, 2014
Susanna’s Secret (Il Segreto di Susanna) Wolfe-Ferrari Opera 1982
Susannah Floyd Opera 1983, 2003
Sweeney Todd Sondheim Musical 2000, 2012
Tales of Hoffmann, The Offenbach Opera 1967, 1973, 1983, 2012
Tartuffe Mechem Opera 1992
Telephone, The Menotti Opera 1951, 1952, 1954, 1960, 1965, 2000
Tender Land, The Copland Opera  2003, 2014
The Sleepwalker (La Sonnambula) Bellini Opera  2005
The Swallow (La Rondine) Puccini Opera 2001, 2008
The Willis (Le Villi) Puccini Opera 2007
Thoroughly Modern Millie Tesori, Morris, Scanlan Musical 2010
Three Beggars, The Carder Opera 1965
Three Penny Opera, The Weill Operetta 1980
Too Many Sopranos Penhorwood Opera 2008
Trouble in Tahiti Bernstein Opera 1990
Two Gentlemen of Verona MacDermot Musical 1975
Unmusical Impressario, The Davis Opera 1958
Urban Cowboy: The Musical Latham Musical 2006
Urinetown Hollman Musical 2008
Violet Tesori, Crawley Musical 2013
Wedding Singer, The Sklar/Beguelin Musical 2011
Werther Massenet Opera 1989
West Side Story Bernstein Musical 1990, 2003
Wonderful Town Bernstein Musical 1980
Working Schwartz Musical  2003