Show-Me Opera

The Show-Me Opera is a troupe of motivated solo singers who are involved in the opera workshop and opera production courses. These courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students by audition and focus on the study, preparation, and performance of selected operatic or musical theatre works.

The Show-Me Opera performs a variety of opera and musical scenes in the fall semester and presents a fully staged opera production (in collaboration with the University Philharmonic), and a program of Staged Arias and Duets in the spring semester. The Show-Me Opera is dedicated to producing new operatic works by MU student composers.

Show-Me Opera performances take place in the Rhynsburger Theatre on the MU campus, and at the beautifully restored Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia. The Show-Me Opera is also actively engaged in outreach, taking scene programs to local schools and community organizations. The Show-Me Opera is under the direction of Christine Seitz.

Past Productions:

  • Falstaff 2021
  • The Pirates of Penzance 2020 (performances curtailed by Covid-19)
  • The Magic Flute 2019  
  • A Certain Madness World Premiere 2018 By: Hans Bridger Heruth 
  • Alcina 2018 
  • Our Town 2017 
  • Le nozze di Figaro 2016 
  • Hatrack World Premiere 2016 By: Trey Makler 

opera scenes

Top row: Left/Middle - Magic Flute 2019 | Right - Hatrack by Trey Makler - 2016 World Premiere
Middle Row: Left - Marriage of Figaro 2016 | Middle - Alcina 2018 | Right - Our Town 2017
Bottom Row: Left - Opera Scenes 2018 | Right - A Certain Madness by Hans Bridger Heruth - 2018 World Premiere

Show-Me Opera Faculty

Teaching Professor, Director of Show-Me Opera
263 Fine Arts Building