Opera

  • Marlaina Owens as Sister Angelica, in "Suor Angelica" by Puccini, 2018
  • Maestro Stephen Tucker rehearsing the UCI Symphony, 2018
  • Jake Tulley as George Gibbs, and Brianna Finnell as Emily Webb (Mrs.  George Gibbs) in the Southern California premiere of Ned Rorem's "Our Town" based on the play by Thornton Wilder, 2017
  • Jaime Sanderson as Mr. Webb, Laura Erath as Mrs. Webb, and Jake Tulley as George Gibbs in the Southern California premiere of Ned Rorem's "Our Town" based on the play by Thornton Wilder, 2017
  • Jaime Sanderson as Mr. Webb, David Chung as Stage Director, Brianna Finnell as Emily Webb, Jake Tulley as George Gibbs, and Marlaina Owens as Mrs. Gibbs in the Southern California premiere of Ned Rorem's "Our Town" based on the play by Thornton Wilder, 20
  • Nena Aldaz as Mrs. Soames, and Kibsaim Escarcega as Simon Stimson in the Southern California premiere of Ned Rorem's "Our Town" based on the play by Thornton Wilder, 2017
  • Jake Tulley, as George Gibbs, and Brianna Finnell, as Emily Webb in the Southern California premiere of Ned Rorem's "Our Town" based on the play by Thornton Wilder, 2017
  • Laura Erath, as Dido, in "Dido and Aeneas" 2016
  • Sarah Yoonhee Shin, as First Witch, Jennifer Chen, as Second Witch, Angelica Rowell, as Sorceress, in "Dido and Aneas" 2016
  • Jennifer Chen, as Second Witch, Angelica Rowell as Sorceress, and Sarah Yoonhee Chin as First Witch in "Dido and Aeneas"
  • Lauren Han sings the role of Belinda in "Dido and Aeneas" 2016, Winifred Smith Hall


UCI Vocal Arts has a proud tradition of pre-professional training for young singers. Via concert and staged productions, UCI Opera maintains high standards for opera production. Past opera’s presented include the Southern California premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town (based on the Thornton Wilder play), Puccini’s Suor Angelica, J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus,  Purcell’s  Dido and Aeneus, Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, and William Grant Still’s Highway 1, USA,  among many others. UCI Opera works in collaboration with UCI Symphony, under the artistic direction of Darryl Taylor, and Maestro Stephen Tucker. Auditions for roles typically takes place in early Fall quarter and are open to majors and non-majors.

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Opera Guild Members

Generous yearly support is provided by our wonderful benefactors. We couldn't do what we do without them!

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July 2018-June 2019

Sponsor $1,500+

Darryl Taylor

Patron $1,000

Barbara and Salvatore Capizzi
Julia Lupton and Kenneth Reinhard

Laura Woodman and Garrett Sanderson
Mary Watson-Bruce
Marilyn and Charles Wright

Supporter $500

Judith Anton-Akagi and Kei Akagi
Yuriko and Taro Komura
James White

Contributor $250

Mindy and Gary Chanan
Rachel Gamby
Nina Scolnik and Louis Jack

Friend $100

Derrith Wieman and Robert Clark
Yung Wha Son and John Dobrian
Nancy Kidder
Elaine and Michael Kleinman
Deon and Kendall Price
Sharon and Michael Sells
Gladys and George Shirley
Byron Smith
Anne Walthall
Dubravka Zubovic-Radosevic and George Radosevic