Opera is alive and well at Shorter University! Students have the opportunity to perform in fully staged productions in both the fall and spring semesters.

Shorter Opera Theatre performs a mixture of opera scenes, chamber operas, one-act works, operettas, and full-length operas. When appropriate, the operas are performed in their original language, and feature the use of Supertitles. Selection of the operas is made to showcase student singers and to expose them to the breadth of operatic literature from early music to contemporary, and from verismo opera to operetta.

In addition to leading roles at the undergraduate level and first-class vocal training from the Shorter voice faculty, the opera program includes a class Opera Preparation course.

See past Shorter University Opera Seasons

2015-2016 Season

Ticket sales are managed through the Shorter University Box Office. For tickets contact:

Shorter University Box Office
315 Shorter Avenue
Rome, GA 30165

Phone: (706) 233-7288 or (800) 868-6980, ext. 7288
E-mail: boxoffice@shorter.edu

Occasional changes in dates for arts events may occur. Visit this page for the latest schedule. All events are on the main Shorter University campus, located at 315 Shorter Avenue, Rome, Georgia, unless otherwise indicated.

Xerxes by George Frederic Handel

Oct. 16-18, 2015
Callaway Theatre—Tickets Required

Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:00 pm

Shorter Opera Theatre is proud to present Xerxes (1738) by George Frederic Handel.  The opera is a love story with many plot twists.  Xerxes, the king of Persia, is in love with Romilda, but she is in love with Arsemene, Xerxes’ brother, and this is just the beginning of the romantic woes!  This tale of love, jealousy, and revenge is enhanced by the comic servant, Elviro, who keeps the plot laced with irony and humor.  Xerxes was composed later in Handel’s life and possesses some of his most mature vocal writing, including the exquisite “Ombra mai fu,” famously known simply as “Largo.”  Xerxes will be performed in Italian with projected English supertitles.


Show Boat  by Kern and Hammerstein

February 26-27, 2016
Rome City Auditorium—Tickets Required
7:30 pm

Shorter University’s Theatre Department in conjunction with Shorter Opera Theatre is proud to present the musical Show Boat. This celebrated and groundbreaking musical follows the inhabitants of a Mississippi show boat from the 1880’s to the 1920’s.  A perennial favorite in its genre, Show Boat hearkens to a colorful, nostalgic and sometimes painful chapter from America’s past.  Filled with humor, tenderness, and high drama, it still bewitches the eye, ear and heart to this day.  Jerome Kern’s lushly beautiful score and Oscar Hammerstein’s innovative, character-driven book and lyrics combine to create an epic tale of undying love and perseverance. With timeless songs like “Old Man River,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine,”  “Make Believe,” and “Bill”,  Show Boat demonstrates how human sufferings and triumphs fade away as time, embodied by the ever flowing Mississippi, “just keeps rolling along.”


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