Texas State Opera Theatre

Fall 2015 Production

In October of 2015, our Texas State Opera Theatre produced and performed HMS Pinafore, and it was met with fantastic responses from audiences. Every production we do at Texas State involves full tech, set design, choreography, and staging by world-class faculty and staff. Click here to see photos and info of our past productions.

To read about the production process for HMS Pinafore; and see some rehearsal images, read the article by the University Star by clicking here.

Students rehearsing opera
Photo credit: Daryl Ontiveros, staff photographer

Spring 2016 Production

Lady Bird Johnson
Lady Bird Johnson on her 1964 whistle-stop tour, campaigning for LBJ and garnering support for civil rights.

In April and May of 2016, Texas State Opera Theatre premiered 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.

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.  This spring, our students also had the opportunity to work with soprano Margaret Rose-Koenn and mezzo-soprano Jill Grove.

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