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UT Opera Ensemble

2015 UT University of Toledo Opera EnsembleWelcome to the University of Toledo Opera Ensemble home page! Below are the productions we will present this season. If you would like join the UT Opera Ensemble, please contact our director, Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini to arrange an audition.

Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini
Director of UT Opera Ensemble
Assistant Professor of Voice

Coming Summer 2015 - Janus Vocal Arts Festival!

  • June 4 - 14, 2015
  • UT Center for Performing Arts
  • Master classes, workshops and lots of performance opportunities! Details and registration information coming soon - stay tuned!

UT Opera Ensemble 2014-2015 Season

American Triptych: A Salute to American OperaImage from The Face on the Barroom Floor, one of the one-act operas presented by the UT Opera ensemble during American Triptych, A Salute to American Opera, Oct. 23, 24, and 26, 2014

The Face on the Barroom Floor by Henry Mollicone
A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber 
A Game of Chance by Seymour Barab

Performance Dates:

  • Thursday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 26 at 4 p.m.

Advance Tickets:

  • $12.50 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors
  • Order a Table of 8, all seats $10 each, use promo code TABLE when ordering
  • Visit to order

Tickets at the Door: All seats $15 each

Location: The Blarney Event Center
601 Monroe St., Toledo, OH

ABOUT The Face on the Barroom Floor by Henry Mollicone

Commissioned by the Central City Opera in 1978 and produced there each year since its premiere in '78; also produced annually at the Utah Opera Festival in Logan Utah; it is constantly in production by various American opera companies and universities, and has also been produced in the Netherlands, Scotland, and Germany. Available on New World Records (formerly a CRI recording.)

The opera tells two tales, separated in time but parallel in characters and theme. In present day Central City, CO, Isabel, a member of the opera chorus, and her friend Larry visit the Teller House bar. Larry orders champagne and asks about the face painted on the floor. Tom, the bartender, tells the story, which is enacted as he becomes a 19th century bartender named John, who welcomes the bargirl Madeline (played by Isabel) as they toast to the future. Read more at 

ABOUT A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber 

Written by Samuel Barber with libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, "A Hand of Bridge" is one of the shortest operas. Two couples join together for a game of Bridge. As the hand makes its way around, each player's innermost thoughts are revealed. 

ABOUT A Game of Chance by Seymour Barab

Fate grants the heart's desire of three young women who soon learn it's wise to be careful what you wish for. 
Read more about Seymour Barab at

March 6-8, 2015 Puccini's GIANNI SCHICCHI UT Opera Ensemble presents Gianni Schicchi March 6 to 8, 2015

When a dead man's will fails to include them, his greedy relatives conspire to re-write it in Puccini's comic opera. (Presented in Italian w/subtitles). There will be an invited dress rehearsal Thursday, March 5

Performances Friday & Saturday, March 6-7 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m.

Location Doermann Theater Stage in the Round - Seating Limited

Tickets $10 General Admission, $5 Students/Seniors 60+

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May 2, 2015  UT Opera Ensemble Cabaret

A delightful, upbeat performance of a number of major songs from the best operas.
UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall
Tickets $10 General Admission, $5 Students & Seniors 60+


Last Updated: 3/23/15