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Opera Workshop Ensemble

Opera Workshop Ensemble  

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Opera Workshop Ensemble!

Bel Canto - Opera Workshop Ensemble

Each semester, the Opera Workshop Ensemble offers performing opportunities for students interested in broadening their operatic and music theatre knowledge and experience. In the fall semester, the workshop, which meets as a class four hours a week, produces a scenes program or a one-act opera with piano. Full productions with orchestra in the spring semester alternate annually between musical theatre and opera in collaboration with the Theatre area. Past productions include The Magic Flute, Hansel & Gretel, Albert Herring, Bel Canto Masters, The Merry Widow, Pirates of Penzance, Cabaret, Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, The Mother of Us All, A Little Night Music, and many others. Also a part of the Opera Workshop program is its outreach arm, Opera on Wheels. This touring ensemble travels to elementary schools throughout western Wisconsin, giving many children their first opera experience and teaching them about the fundamentals of opera. The Opera Workshop is directed by Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour and music directed by Dr. Mark Mowry. Students serve in many design and leadership roles.

Involvement in the Opera Workshop Ensemble is open to all UW-Eau Claire students by audition. For further information, please contact Opera Workshop director Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour (

2012-2013 Workshop Events

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November 12 and 13, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
French Opera Scenes - Opera Scene Recital
Gantner Concert Hall
Free Admission

The Opera Workshop Ensemble presents an evening of scenes from French opera, including Carmen, Proserpine, La Perichole, and much more. Don't miss it!!

Die Fledermaus
February 21-23, 2013, February 28 - March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
March 3 at 1:30 p.m
by Johann Strauss II
Directed by Mitra Sadeghpour
Conducted by Nobuyoshi Yasuda
Gantner Concert Hall
Contact the UW-Eau Claire Service Center
for ticket information

Johann Strauss' most celebrated operetta has been delighting audiences since its premier in 1874. Set in Vienna at Prince Orlofsky's ball, party-goers frolic through a series of mistaken identities, ridiculous trysts, and madcap deceits. By the end of this delightful farce, all masks are lifted, truths are revealed, and audiences have been treated to lilting, sentimental waltzes from the golden age of operetta.

Spring, 2013

Opera on Wheels will be touring Western Wisconsin. Contact Mitra Sadeghpour to bring Opera on Wheels to your school!

Past Season Extras

Darren Woods for web


Darren K. Woods, opera 

General Director of the Fort Worth Opera

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Haas Fine Arts Center
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
All Events Free & Open to the Public (except as noted)
email for more information

Press Release:


10:30-12:00   Lecture and Question/Answer:  Importance of Young Artist Programs  
                    Phillips Recital Hall
12:00-1:30     Lunch with Darren in the Dulany 
                    (pay for own - RSVP
2:00-4:00       Acting Coaching with Opera Workshop    Gantner Concert Hall
4:00-7:00       Auditioning with Darren Woods.  
                    RSVP for audition time.  
                    Not open to the public.
7:30 p.m.      Dinner with Darren Woods at The Livery (pay for your own)

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Department of Music & Theatre Arts, Opera Workshop Ensemble, NATS Student Chapter, and the Newman Parish

Darren K. Woods became general director of Fort Worth Opera in July 2001. Under his leadership, Fort Worth Opera has increased both subscription and donor bases while establishing a reputation for high-quality, dynamic productions. In May 2007, Fort Worth Opera changed its format to a spring festival season and mounted its first mainstage commissioned work – Frau Margot composed by Thomas Pasatieri on a libretto by Frank Corsaro. Within only four years, Fort Worth Opera also produced Jorge Martin’s Before Night Falls as its second world premiere, and Opera News hailed the Fort Worth Opera Festival as one of the best in the country. Demonstrating Mr. Woods’ dedication to young artists, the Fort Worth Opera Studio launched in 2002, which has now expanded to include four main young artists beginning their professional careers and four apprentice artists currently in the midst of their college training. In 2011, Mr. Woods was appointed vice chairman for the board of Opera America, the national service organization for the art form. He serves on the finance and information services committees for the board, and he chairs the artist services committee.

Mr. Woods was appointed general director of the Seagle Music Colony in the summer of 1996 and continues as artistic director today. Since that time, Seagle Colony has expanded from nineteen young artists, a faculty of seven, and two productions to thirty-two artists selected from over 1,000 applicants, six productions, and a faculty of seventeen. The Colony recently expanded to include the new Frank and Dorothy Shames rehearsal studio and new construction continues to expand the campus. Past Seagle Colony artists have had recent debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and even on Broadway.

Mr. Woods is in great demand as an adjudicator of vocal competitions. In recent seasons, he served as a panel judge for the Richard Tucker Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Lieber Competition, the Denver Opera Guild Competition, the Dallas Opera Guild Competition, and the Marguerite McCammon Competition.

Prior to his appointment in Fort Worth, he was the general director of the Shreveport Opera in Louisiana. While in Shreveport, Mr. Woods founded Shreveport Opera Express, or SOX, a touring, arts-in-education program that involved schoolchildren working with professional artists in the schools.

Before becoming an opera administrator, Mr. Woods performed as a professional operatic tenor for twenty years in such venues as New York City Opera, Carnegie Hall, Washington Opera, L’Opera Madrid, Opera Trieste, Seattle Opera, Dallas.


UW-Eau Claire Music Students Award Winners at Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Two current UW-Eau Claire students and one recent alumni were winners in the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions held Saturday in Waukesha. Current vocal performance major Meagan Seubert, soprano, and 2010 graduate Kevin Newell, tenor, both received importan2011Encouragementt Encouragement Awards along with $450 each to assist in furthering their studies. Seubert and Newell study/studied voice with Mitra Sadeghpour, Associate Professor of Music; Newell is pursuing a Masters degree in voice at the University of Michigan. Anthony Reed, bass and current vocal performance major, was one of five singers selected to advance to the Midwest Regional Auditions to be held at the Ordway Center Main Hall on February 4, 2012; he also received a cash award of $1750; Reed studies with Mark Mowry, Assistant Professor of Music. Owen Lovell, UWEC Assistant Professor of Music served as accompanist for Seubert and Reed.

The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions is one of the most prestigious singing competitions in the United States and is known worldwide for its potential impact on the career development of young singers. For more information on the competition please visit

Contact Information:
Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour
Director of Opera and Musical Theatre
255 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-3711

Dr. Mark R. Mowry
254 Haas Fine Arts Center
Music & Theatre Arts Department
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

Phone: 715/836-3012