Miami Opera Theater receives third place award from the National Opera Association for Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring

For the third time in the last six years Miami University Opera has been recognized by the National Opera Association for "Outstanding Collegiate Production."  The award is based on the overall quality of student performances, production quality and musical performance.  The production was directed by Leland Kimball of Delaware Opera, conducted by Benjamin Smolder, with vocal coaching by Lisa Hasson, set design by Gion DeFrancesco, lighting by Josh Wilson and sound design by Alex Lusht.  To watch Miami Opera's production of Albert Herring click here.

Current Miami graduate student, Travis Pearce, was announced the 2015 winner of the Harold Heiberg Lieder award at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz Austria. This award is given to the sole outstanding lieder singer of the summer.  The AIMS Vocal Program prepares students for a professional career in opera or on the concert stage.

Miami University Alumni Michael Pegher featured on the cover of

Opern Welt as Albert Herring. The cover features a picture of Michael  in a production staged by the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater in Germany.  Micheal Pegher has enjoyed success as an opera singer in Europe since leaving Miami University. Next season he will be joining the ensemble of the Staatstheater in Darmstadt.  To learn more about Michael visit his website

Miami University home of the Schmidt Vocal Institute for talented high school singers. In the summer of 2016, Miami University became the home of prestigious Schmidt Vocal Institute that paired the nation's finest young talent with master teachers, famous singers and composers in a college-preparatory program.  Master clinicians included Margo Garrett of the Juilliard School, Mary Ann Hart of Indiana University and Stanford Olsen of the Metropolitan Opera.  Applicants will engage in an intensive course of study including performance experiences in song recital, opera and musical theater scenes and master classes.  The program is for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Scholarships available!

Miami Opera's production of A Swinging Holiday raises money for local high school music program

The Miami Opera Theater took there show on the road to Walnunt Hills High School in Cincinnati to help raise money for the students to travel to Paris to march in the New Year's Day Parade.  Walnut hills is a nationally ranked high school that attracts a diverse student body from around the Southern Ohio region.  A new recording of this concert will be available in November of 2016.

Miami Alumni and Executive Director of Florentine Opera, William Florescu, wins Grammy Award for recording of Elmer Gantry by Robert Aldridge

Florescu's company won the 2011 Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Engineered Classical Recording, for its Naxos recording of Elmer Gantry.  Florescu found most of the funding for the project and gave a huge boost to the Milwaukee based company.  Florescu along with the composer Aldridge made the trip to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to accept the award. 


To Learn more about William Florescu click here!

Miami Alumni, Bryn Vertesi is featured in a new documentary Operatic about her start-up opera company in Europe

Operatic is a music documentary about the young opera ensemble The Cast. This "opera band" was founded in 2012 in Cologne, and consists of six professional singers from around the world and their pianist. Their goal: to introduce the opera music they love to a wider audience, outside the established classical opera venues.

The film crew followed The Cast for over a year on their German Tour, with concerts in Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, and Bonn, as well as a special concert in Paris.

In order to survive in the competitive opera and classical music industry, this group is taking a new path. The film gives insight into their lives as freelance opera singers, their collaboration in an ensemble, and their inspirational journey across Europe.

To learn more about Operatic visit

The William E. Schmidt Foundation becomes season sponsor of Miami Opera

The Schmidt Foundation became the season sponsor of Miami Opera in 2016 with a generous gift to support professional productions of opera and the Great American Songbook at Miami University.  "This generous gift from the foundation will allow us to continue to expand our offerings and provide professional experiences for our students preparing them for the competitive market", states Director Benjamin Smolder.

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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

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