Gates-Abegglen Theater in the Center for the Performing Arts

March 1, 2 & 3, 2018


Tickets $10 Student; $15 Adult

*Student Date Night Tickets are available before March 1st at two tickets for $10


Season Sponsor: The William E. Schmidt Foundation


Gustav Holst's chamber opera Savitri is based on an poem from the Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Savitri is visited by Death who comes to claim the soul of her husband.  Savitri welcomes Death and manipulates him into returning the life of her husband.  Holst's lyrical scores is set for two chamber quartets and a wordless female chorus to symbolize the bridge between the world of the living and the dead. Savitri was the first English chamber opera to be composed since the end of the seventeenth century. Featuring the Miami University Choraliers as the Chorus of the Dead.



The Medium tells the story of the abusive Baba and her children Monica and Toby. To support her family and her drinking habit, Baba deceives grieving parents by pretending to convene with their dead children. During a séance, she feels the cold hand of death clutch her throat.  She repents for her crime and vows to give up her deception, but the dead continue to speak to her driving her to the brink of insanity and abuse. The evil unleashed in her séance  threatens to destroy Baba and her family in a tragedy of Greek proportions.  The Medium features some of Menotti's most haunting and memorable music written for the theater.



Leland Kimball, Stage Director

Benjamin Smolder, Conductor

Lisa Hasson, Vocal Coach

Rob Holland, Lighting Design

Issac Ramsey Set Design

Joy Galbraith, Costume Design

Alex Lusht, Sound Design

Amanda Horne & Brooke Loosey, Stage Management





Miami Opera Theater


Miami Opera is an important part of the rich and diverse musical experiences that Miami University has to offer.  Miami music majors have the opportunity to assume leadership positions in every part of production.  Opera Auditions and sponsored events are open to all of the student body.

Contact Information:


Benjamin Smolder, Director

109 Presser Hall

501 South Patterson Avenue

Oxford, OH 45056

Telephone (513) 529-3079

Fax  (513) 529-3027