undergraduate opera students perform an opera scene on stage, dressed in black.

Opera Ensemble

The Butler Opera Center Ensemble provides performance and stage production opportunities for undergraduate students interested in opera. Participants are selected by audition and enrolled in a class that meets three times weekly.  Additional hours are required for musical and staging rehearsals as dictated by the Butler Opera Center performance schedule. Inclusion in the ensemble is dependent on a student's availability, and consists of both group and individual lessons. Under close mentorship of the Butler Opera Center faculty, members of the Butler Opera Center Ensemble study every aspect of opera performance including musical preparation, such as languages, style, and vocal and ensemble techniques, and stagecraft, such as movement, costuming, and make-up.


Tamar Sanikidze

Director, Butler Opera Center

Division Head, Voice & Opera

Professor of Opera Studies
Principal Opera Coach

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Douglas Kinney Frost

Principal Conductor, Butler Opera Center

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Elio Bucky

Teaching Assistant, Butler Opera Center

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Butler Opera Center Ensemble is open to all undergraduate students by audition.   


Audition Info




M-W-F, 4–5:30p  
MRH 2.106




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