Opera UTEP

Opera Workshop

UTEP Department of Music Vocal Area offers Opera Workshop (or "Opera UTEP") for undergraduate or graduate ensemble credit. Two semesters are required for performance and education majors though many choose to take the course multiple times.

Opera Workshop teaches students the fundamentals of operatic performance. Skills such as body awareness, movement, dance, role preparation, character development, acting, stage combat and audition techniques are among the topics to be explored and practiced in the class.

Repertoire for public performances will be selected to meet the voice types and skill levels of the enrolled students and may include scenes from opera and/or musical theater, one-act operas, and/or major works from the operatic repertoire.

The ensemble meets five times a week in the fall and spring semesters. There are no prerequisites for the course but some prior performance experience is helpful. Placement auditions will be scheduled as needed.

The ensemble is directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Cherry Duke.

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Spring 2016 Performances: First Date Concert & Speed Dating Tonight!

First Date with Opera UTEP


Join Opera UTEP for this special preview concert featuring selections from our spring production, SPEED DATING TONIGHT! as well as other "first date" songs, duets & ensembles from the operatic & musical theater repertoire.

Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3 PM

The Sounds of Grace Concert Series
400 N. Carolina Dr., El Paso, Texas 79915


 Featuring some of the finest singers at UTEP plus a special surprise guest!

 Concert includes selections from

  • Le nozze di Figaro
  • Don Giovanni
  • Bohemios
  • The Ballad of Baby Doe
  • Company
  • The Mikado
  • Speed Dating Tonight!

 ...and much more!

Speed Dating Tonight!

Speed Dating Tonight! a one-act comic opera by Michael Ching

Friday, April 15 & Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 pm 

Ardovino's Desert Crossing

1 Ardovinos Dr, Sunland Park, NM 88063 (in Sunset Hall)

This unique dinner theater production will surprise you at every turn! Dramatizing a speed dating event (with lots of humor!), you may not know until the singing begins who are the performers and who are in the audience!


$40 advance ticket includes a sumptuous 3-course Ardovino's dinner. Cash bar available. General admission. Space permitting, tickets will be available at the door for $45.

Buy tickets at http://ardovinos.com/news.html


Join us for a special night out at COLLEGE PREVIEW NIGHT - Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m

Just $15 with student ID, includes an Ardovino's pasta dinner. Cash bar available (ID required). Tickets available at the UTEP University Ticket Center or UTEP Student Union Ticket Center with any college ID. Open to students from any college or university!