With his arrival at the U in 1992, Dr. Robert Breault breathed new life into the Lyric Opera Ensemble. Then a nine-member class, the Lyric Opera has grown to an elite, auditioned group of 35-40 singers. With two productions in spring semester, a fully staged opera and a semi-staged, condensed production, the ensemble provides students hands-on experience in performing full operatic roles.
The Lyric Opera invites a nationally renowned, professional director to direct its annual fully staged and costumed opera; performed in historic Kingsbury Hall with full orchestra, in the original language with supertitles. Recent productions have included Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi, Little Women, Dialogues des Carmélites, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Susannah, and in April 2013, Falstaff. As Music Director for the Lyric Opera, Jeffrey Price oversees role preparation, including coaching on language and diction.