The mission of UNI Opera is to engage and nurture students in the creative and collaborative process of performing and producing multi-disciplinary musical works for the stage, so that graduates have a solid and comprehensive foundation to pursue a successful and enjoyable professional and/or personal musical life journey.
UNI Opera began in 1955 with its first production, Gianni Schicchi, when the University of Northern Iowa was still known as the Iowa State Teachers College. Since then, the ensemble has produced over 80 full productions, multiple musicals, countless scenes programs and galas, and many outreach performances. Students in UNI opera regularly work with outstanding faculty, student, and guest musicians. Full productions in both the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and in Russell Hall's Bengtson Auditorium include regular collaboration with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra.
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