The University Opera Theatre is a premier performing ensemble at the University of Arkansas, primarily comprised of graduate and undergraduate voice majors. Under the direction of Opera Director, David Malis, a former principal artist at the Metropolitan Opera, UA Opera Theatre presents two major productions per year, a staged concert performance of varied Operatic scenes with piano and one fully staged with orchestra, costumes, sets, makeup, and supertitles.

The primary venue for the UA Opera Theatre is the beautiful 580-seat Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center, centrally located on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. Recent fully staged productions include The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti, Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, and Die Zauberflöte by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Membership in this group is open to any UA student with an interest in Opear, but by audition only. 

Opera Theatre Rehearsal Schedule:

  • MWF - 2:30-3:50pm, FNAR 140 (Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall)

Opera Theatre is listed as MUEN 1401, 2401, 3401, 4401, 4601, 5401. Freshmen enroll in the 1000 level, sophomores in the 2000 level, etc.

Audition Information

All those interested in singing with the UA Opera Theatre are required to audition at the beginning of each semester and receive permission from the Director before enrolling.  If you have questions, please contact Professor David Malis at malis@uark.edu.

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David Malis

David Malis