Texas State Opera Theatre

Texas State Opera Theatre is one of the fastest growing, progressive opera programs in the country. With students excelling in summer opera programs and the professional stage, the word is getting out nationwide that Texas State University is providing a specific, professionally viable opera training experience. It combines numerous performance opportunities for both graduates and undergraduates with hands-on work on performance technique in the classroom as well as one-on-one. Recent masterclasses include acting with John De Lancie, voice with Margaret Lattimore, Maria Kanyova, and David DQ Lee; collaboration with Margo Garrett, and movement with Andrea Heaberlin.

The Performing Arts Center

External View Performing Arts Center
Performing Arts Center

Check out the state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center, which was opened in the Fall of 2014.  An expansive facility, this is where we do our opera productions, scenes productions, and student recitals.

Designed by the architectural firm of Morris Architects, the 69,122-square-foot facility features two professional-quality performance venues — the Patti Strickel Harrison Theatre that seats 397 patrons and the Recital Hall that seats 312 patrons.  With instructional space, as well as design and production spaces, the Performing Arts Center is well equipped to meet the educational and artistic production needs of our academic units as it serves the broader San Marcos community

Current Production

Lady Bird Johnson speaking in public
Lady Bird Johnson, campaigning in 1964 for the Civil Rights bill.

For upcoming production information, head to the Texas State Presents calendar and ticketing service.

In April and May of 2016, Texas State Opera Theatre will be premiering a newly commissioned opera by Henry Mollicone and Sheldon Harnick.  In an effort to put the spotlight on an influential woman from Texas, Lady Bird has a thrilling and heart-warming libretto that tells the tale of her trip through the south to campaign on behalf of LBJ - she being the first First Lady to ever venture away from the White House without the President.  She set the bar for many women who came behind her because she pioneered her own path as the First Lady.

Head to the opera production page to learn more.