The backstage area of Hall Auditorium is a hive of activity during opera productions. Students add final touches to costumes, don wigs, define their features with makeup, organize props, and warm up their voices. Leaving the meticulous preparation behind, the singers bring characters to life on stage with the help of this backstage craft. Here, members of Oberlin Opera Theater get ready for a performance of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera.
In addition to main stage productions twice a year, students perform opera scenes at the end of each semester. The performances are a culmination of weekly classes that cover the preparation of various scenes from noteworthy operas.
Photograph by Jennifer Manna
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35 miles west of Cleveland
Nearest Airport: CLE
9% in-state, 84% out-of-state,
7% from abroad
and 40+ theater & dance
productions every year
Oberlin graduates go on to earn
than alumni of other undergraduate colleges
Steinway grand pianos,
1,500 instruments of highest quality
in grants awarded to
students each year