Opera is alive and well at Shorter University! Students have the opportunity to perform in fully staged productions in both the fall and spring semesters.

Shorter Opera Theatre performs a mixture of opera scenes, chamber operas, one-act works, operettas, and full-length operas. When appropriate, the operas are performed in their original language, and feature the use of Supertitles. Selection of the operas is made to showcase student singers and to expose them to the breadth of operatic literature from early music to contemporary, and from verismo opera to operetta.

In addition to leading roles at the undergraduate level and first-class vocal training from the Shorter voice faculty, the opera program includes a class Opera Preparation course.

See past Shorter University Opera Seasons

2014-2015 Season

Ticket sales are managed through the Shorter University Box Office. For tickets contact:

Shorter University Box Office
315 Shorter Avenue
Rome, GA 30165

Phone: (706) 233-7288 or (800) 868-6980, ext. 7288
E-mail: boxoffice@shorter.edu

Occasional changes in dates for arts events may occur. Visit this page for the latest schedule. All events are on the main Shorter University campus, located at 315 Shorter Avenue, Rome, Georgia, unless otherwise indicated.

Opera Scenes

Oct. 17-19, 2013
Callaway Theatre—Tickets Required
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM & Sunday at 2:00 PM

Shorter Opera Theatre will be presenting a fully produced collection of scenes from various operas, operettas, and musicals. This event will showcase some of the finest scenes from the stage, from the serious to the comical and everything in between.  Included will be scenes from  Le Nozze di Figaro, Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Pirates of Penzance, and others!  Scenes in foreign languages will be enhanced by the use of supertitles.  


Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

March 19-22, 2015
Callaway Theatre—Tickets Required
Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 PM & Sunday at 2:00 PM

The beloved children’s fairy tale by the Grimm Brothers was turned into an opera by the 19th century composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.  The opera stays very close to the original tale, in which Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods as they look for strawberries.  While in the forest, the children encounter many magical things, including a Sandman, a Dew Fairy, live gingerbread men, and a witch that likes to eat small children.  In the end, the children outwit the witch and all rejoice that Heaven punishes evil deeds and sends help to those in need.  Hansel and Gretel will be performed with chamber orchestra, sung in English, and is appropriate for children of all ages.