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Brian Luedloff, Director

Since 1954 the production of opera on the UNC campus has enjoyed a long and storied tradition, involving collaborations with the community and the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring many prominent guest artists. Through the production of professional-quality performances and complementary curricular content we train singers, prepare educators and bring the most collaborative of art forms to public and educational audiences throughout the Front Range and beyond. Our productions are critically acclaimed, award winning, thought provoking, edgy and often controversial; we’re not your grandmother’s opera company!

Each season we present two fully - produced operas with orchestra, two programs of opera scenes and a touring chamber opera, in addition to master classes and special events.

Alumni of Opera Theatre now perform regularly on stages around the globe; very recent alumni have enjoyed placement in some of the finest Young Artist training programs in the country, with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Central City Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera New Jersey and Emerald City Opera, Steamboat Springs. Guest artists have included international artists such as conductors Stephen Lord, Dean Williamson and James Lowe; soprani Erie Mills, Lauren Flanigan and Amy Burton; tenors Vale Rideout and Arturo Chacón-Cruz; basses Richard Sutliff and Derrick Ballard.

opera2Our world-class faculty of artists has performed around the globe and includes soprano Diane Bolden-Taylor, mezzo-soprano Dr. Melissa Malde, baritone William Wilson, tenor Derek Chester, stage director Brian Clay Luedloff, coach and collaborative pianist Dr. Caleb Harris, and conductor Dr. Russell Guyver.

We welcome you to visit UNC Opera Theatre; for more information contact Brian Clay Luedloff, Director of Opera Theatre at 970.351.2330 or

2014-2015 UNC Opera Theatre Season

“Mezzo Mania” Fall Opera Scenes & Rossini’s la Cenerentola

Sat, Oct 25, 2pm & 7:30pm
Hensel Phelps Theatre, UCCC

Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Abduction from the Seraglio
Thurs-Sat, Nov 20-22, 2014
Langworthy Theatre, Frasier Hall
UNC Wind Ensemble, Kenneth Singleton, conductor
Directed by Brian Clay Luedloff

Spring Opera Scenes: “Epistles: Letters in Opera”

Sat, April 4, 2pm & 7:30pm
Hensel Phelps Theatre, UCCC

Bizet’s Carmen

April 24 & 25, 7:30PM
Monfort Concert Hall, UCCC
The University Symphony Orchestra with Russell Guyver, conductor
Directed by Brian Clay Luedloff


“The Grand Tour with Mozart”

Sat, Sep 13, 2014, 6:00pm
Greeley Country Club
An evening of fine dining and opera
Featuring UNC Opera Theatre and introducing Dr. Willem van Schalkwyk, piano
Alan and Carol Meny, hosts

Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra “Heroes and Legends at the Opera”

Sat Oct. 18, 2014, 7:30pm
Monfort Concert Hall, UCCC
Andrew Lunsford, Tenor
Emily Johnson, Soprano
 UNC Opera Theatre and Opera Fort Collins Apprentice Artists
UNC Opera Theatre and Opera Fort Collins Apprentice Artists
 Glen Cortese, Conductor


(970) 351-2200