Opera Theatre

The CSUSB Opera Theatre production for the 2013-2014 season was Ástor Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires and Robert Xavier Rodríguez's Concert Suite from Frida. The compilation of these two one-act operas into one show gave audiences a delightful treat of music, dance and drama. The opera for the 2014-2015 season will be announced soon. Please check back for updates.

CSUSB Opera Theatre Fall 2014 Concerts:

Opera Scenes Concert
Thursday, November 20-$ ($6, $9, $11)
7:30 p.m.

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Maria de Buenos Aires & Cocert Suite Frida The CSUSB Opera Theatre production kicks off the Music Department's Week of Music events starting this April 2014 leading up to the 4th annual CSUSB Latin Jazz Festival on May 2, 2014.

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The CSUSB Music Department and The CSUSB Opera Theatre's presentation of A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein-Trouble in Tahiti was dazzling! With a sold out opening night performance, Trouble in Tahiti brought audiences to their feet.

The CSUSB Opera Theatre presents, A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein May 3-5, 2013 music.csusb.edu. Trouble in Tahiti

Trouble in Tahiti is a one-act opera centered around the story of a desperately unhappy couple searching for an escape to their mundane daily routine. Longing for love and unable to communicate, the couple attempts to carry on with their daily lives.

The opera also featured a scat singing jazz trio and of course, amazing music.

The CSUSB Opera Theatre is an auditioned ensemble directed by Dr. Stacey Fraser, Associate Professor of Music.

Dr. Fraser’s innovative, modern and zany adaptations of the standard operatic repertoire have led to consecutive sold out performances since her time of hire at Cal State San Bernardino in 2007. Recent productions include Mozart’s Impresario set in the Wild West, San Bernardino, 1882, with dialogue adaptation by Dr. Terry Donovan Smith.

Opera theatre presents, Mozart's Impresario poster

Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, set in the beloved Harris Company Department Store, City of San Bernardino, circa 1964 and Offenbach’s RSVP: or a Musicale at Mr. Cauliflower’s set in the Roaring 20’s New York City, circa 1928. The operas are performed with full orchestra, many of whose members are union musicians of the Los Angles greater metro area. Elaborate sets and costumes are also an integral part of our productions.

RSVP or a musical at Mr. Cauliflowers by Jacques Offenbach, Dr. Stacey Fraser, director

This past academic year the Opera Theatre in the Department of Music at Cal State San Bernardino presented Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hänsel und Gretel.  Local audiences including the campus community of CSUSB, the community at large in the city of San Bernardino, high school and middle school students of the City of San Bernardino Unified School District CAPS program as well as audiences in the surrounding cities of the Inland Empire and Los Angeles County were thrilled by this most talked about production. CSUSB’s  Hänsel und Gretel featured costumes by LA based film maker Fabiola Munoz of Masque Films. The beautiful and set and lighting design was created by Randall Hodges.  In addition to the fully staged performances with orchestra, the CSUSB Opera Theatre students performed outreach events in an effort to bring opera directly to the community at large.

Photo of Hansel and Gretel looking back and holding hands as they are going towards the house where the which is standing.  The CSUSB Music Department presents a 2012 Opera Theater production of Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, Fri., May 4 7:30 p.m. and Sun, May 6 2 p.m. CSUSB Performing Arts Recital Hall 5500 University Parkway, San Bernadino 92407 909-537-7516 music.csusb.edu

The design of the set and costumes resembled the colors and fantasy themes of Tim Burton’s recent Oscar winning movie Alice in Wonderland and pop culture references were incorporated into the costumes, staging and adaptation of the text. The opera was highly successful with sold out houses to approximately 440 audience members on the CSUSB campus.

Newspaper articles and promotions as well as live interviews on this original adaptation of the contemporary setting of Hänsel und Gretel appeared in The San Bernardino Sun, the Press Enterprise, Coyote Chronicle, IE Weekly and CSUSB Magazine. A documentary on the making of the CSUSB Opera Theatre production of Hänsel und Gretel will air on CSUSB TV later this fall 2012.

Opera News


The CSUSB Opera Theatre has announced their 2013-2014 season production. The opera production for this year will be Ástor Piazzolla's María de Buenos Aires and excerpts from Robert Xavier Rodríguez's Concert Suite from Frida on April 25 & 26 in the Performing Arts Recital Hall. Tickets are $11 for students, $13 (senior, faculty and staff) and $18 general admission.


Trouble in Tahiti tickets are on sale now! To get your tickets click on the "Buy Tickets Now" link on the left hand side of our website or visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/csusbmusic and click on the "Get Tickets" tab. Tickets are $11 for students, $13 for staff/faculty/seniors and $17 general admission.