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Opera Theatre


Brian Clay Luedloff, Director

Through the production of professional-quality performances and complementary curricular content we train singers and directors, prepare educators and bring the most collaborative of art forms to public and educational audiences. Each season we present two fully-staged operas with orchestra, a program of opera scenes and a chamber opera festival, in addition to master classes and special events.

Alumni of Opera Theatre perform regularly on stages around the globe; recent alumni have enjoyed placement in some of the finest Young Artist programs in the country, with San Francisco’s Merola Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Central City Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera New Jersey and Emerald City Opera, Steamboat Springs. Guest artists have included international artists such as conductors Stephen Lord, Dean Williamson and Anthony Barrese; soprani Erie Mills, Lauren Flanigan and Christine Brewer; tenors Vale Rideout and Arturo Chacón-Cruz; baritone Morgan Smith and basses Richard Sutliff and Derrick Ballard.

Our world-class faculty of artists have performed around the globe and include soprano Diane Bolden-Taylor, mezzo-soprano Melissa Malde, baritone William Wilson, tenor Derek Chester, stage director Brian Clay Luedloff, coach and collaborative pianist Willem van Schalkwyk, and conductor Russell Guyver.

We welcome you to visit UNC Opera Theatre; for more information contact Brian Clay Luedloff, Director of Opera Theatre at 970.351.2330 or


Opera Theatre Alumni


"At UNCO, the faculty and students help to create a supportive environment and the program provides endless opportunities for performance and growth. “ ~ Colleen Jackson, soprano, MM 2012

"UNC is a superb University in every way - but what matter most to voice students are the staff, facilities and performing opportunities. All three of these things are what make UNC the perfect school to further your education as a singer. Only adding to its allure, is the fact that you won't break the bank getting your degree. It just means you'll be THAT much closer to your career on the stage or in the studio once you graduate. This was my experience at UNC - and I'm always thankful for the path which my UNC degree has shown me.” ~ Vale Rideout, tenor, BM



"I could not have asked for a better place to begin my journey into the world of opera. UNC's faculty have supported me from day one and still help me find the next step to becoming a better artist, colleague, and person.” ~ Rose Sawvel, soprano, BA 2005; MM 2008

2014-2015 UNC Opera Theatre Season

“Mezzo Mania” Fall Opera Scenes & Rossini’s la Cenerentola

Sat, Oct 25, 2pm & 7:30pm
Hensel Phelps Theatre, UCCC

Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Abduction from the Seraglio
Thurs-Sat, Nov 20-22, 2014
Langworthy Theatre, Frasier Hall
UNC Wind Ensemble, Kenneth Singleton, conductor
Directed by Brian Clay Luedloff

Spring Opera Scenes: “Epistles: Letters in Opera”

Sat, April 4, 2pm & 7:30pm
Hensel Phelps Theatre, UCCC

Bizet’s Carmen

April 24 & 25, 7:30PM
Monfort Concert Hall, UCCC
The University Symphony Orchestra with Russell Guyver, conductor
Directed by Brian Clay Luedloff


“The Grand Tour with Mozart”

Sat, Sep 13, 2014, 6:00pm
Greeley Country Club
An evening of fine dining and opera
Featuring UNC Opera Theatre and introducing Dr. Willem van Schalkwyk, piano
Alan and Carol Meny, hosts

Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra “Heroes and Legends at the Opera”

Sat Oct. 18, 2014, 7:30pm
Monfort Concert Hall, UCCC
Andrew Lunsford, Tenor
Emily Johnson, Soprano
 UNC Opera Theatre and Opera Fort Collins Apprentice Artists
UNC Opera Theatre and Opera Fort Collins Apprentice Artists
 Glen Cortese, Conductor


(970) 351-2200