William E. Schmidt Foundation, Season Sponsor

with support from the Jim and Recie Scott Opera Education Fund and Friends of Miami Opera

2021-22 Season

Miami University Opera Theater invites you to experience our 2021-22 Season! From the dreamlike world of Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass to one of the great love stories of our time, The Light in the Piazza. We are excited to welcome you back to the theater!

The Light in the Piazza

Book by Craig Lucas
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co.
Based on the Novel by Elizabeth Spencer
Directed by Benjamin Smolder
Set Design by Nicholas Muni

Special Showing
Wednesday, February 16th
Senior Citizens Night

Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
February 17, 18, & 19, 2022
All performances at 7:30pm
Gates Abbeglen Theater
Ticket Prices $15 Adults; $12 Seniors;
$10 Students

By Phone: (513) 529-5000
Box Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm



Hydrogen Jukebox Feature Film by Philip Glass

Libretto based on poetry of Allen Ginsberg
©1990 Dunvagen Music Publishers.
Directed by Benjamin Smolder and Tiffany Lusht

Join us virtually as Miami Opera Theater presents Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass. The film is a dreamlike exploration of the poetry of Allen Ginsberg and represents collaborations with the American Sign Museum, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, lighting designer Thomas Hase, artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir, and Movement Emporium. This project was made possible by the generous support of Philip Glass and Dunvagen Publishing, the William E. Schmidt Foundation, the Jim and Recie Scott Opera Endowment, and the Miami University Parent's Fund.

Streaming Dates
November 15 - November 30, 2021

A6 - 3

Opera at the Art Museum

Join us for an evening of opera arias and art. The evening will also include a preview of our Spring production of The Light in the Piazza.

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021
Miami University Art Museum


Miami Opera Wins NOA Award!

In 2006, Charles Parsons of Opera News attended a performance of Miami Opera Theater’s production of Paul Bunyan by Benjamin Britten at Hall Auditorium. In his review, he referred to Miami Opera Theater as the 'hidden gem’ of the tri-state region. This production went on to garner Miami Opera’s first award from the National Opera Association for Outstanding Collegiate Production. This year marks the fourth national award for the opera program with a second-place designation for the 2020 production of The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. This award confirms a long tradition of success for the voice program at Miami University.

Celebrating Diverse Voices

Through a generous grant made available from the MIAMI Women’s Hawk Tank Grant the Miami University voice students presented a series of three concerts in the Spring and Fall of 2020-21 to celebrate the works of African-American and Women Composers. The grant was spearheaded by Anna Greco (class of 2022) and Dr. Alison Acord. Students had the opportunity to present three concerts to the public that were streamed live and to coach with a wonderful team of artist to prepare for the event. Coaches included Angel Blue, Adrienne Danrich, Ellen Hargis, Dr. Latoya Lain, composer Lori Laitman, Mary Henderson Stucky, Tamara Wilson, and Miami’s own Dr. Christina Haan. This concert provided a wonderful platform to hear the works of underrepresented composers.


Grammy Award-Winning Soprano Jessica Rivera to join Miami University Voice Faculty

Possessing a voice praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “effortless precision and tonal luster,” Grammy Award-winning soprano Jessica Rivera is one of the most creatively inspired vocal artists performing before the public today. The intelligence, dimension and spirituality with which she infuses her performances on great international concert and opera stages has garnered Ms. Rivera unique artistic collaborations with many of today’s most celebrated composers, including John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jonathan Leshnoff, Nico Muhly, and Paola Prestini, and has brought her together with such esteemed conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Markus Stenz, Bernard Haitink, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Committed to the art of recital, Ms. Rivera has appeared in concert halls in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas and Santa Fe. She was deeply honored to receive a commission from Carnegie Hall for the World Premiere of Nico Muhly’s song cycle entitled The Adulteress, for her Weill Hall recital performance. As a recording artist, Ms. Rivera’s extensive discography includes releases on the Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, Naxos, Telarc, Urtext, VIA Records, Opus Arte, CSO Resound, and ASO Media labels.

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Benjamin Smolder, Director
Tiffany Lusht, Production Manager

Season Patrons

William E. Schmidt Foundation
The Jim and Recie Scott Opera Education Endowment Fund


Miami University Opera Theater is an important part of the rich and diverse musical experiences that Miami University has to offer. MU Opera is unique in its design because it operates with a professional production team committed to supporting student performers. Our goal is to give students a robust, hands-on experience that will teach them the importance of all roles in the theater as well as how to operate in a professional theater environment. Students have the opportunity to assume leadership positions in every part of production, and learn from professional lighting designers, choreographers, directors, stage managers, sound designers, and more. Miami Opera believes that the art form gains from diversity, inclusion, and equity and we are committed to those values.

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