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School of Music

Opera Theatre

Upcoming Production

"Opera In Disguise" features two bright comedies by composers gifted with an incredible sense of melody.

First, Pierre Petit’s Le Jeu de l’Amour et du Hasard (Game of Love and Chance) follows an engaged couple who have never met. When her fiancé comes to meet her, Silvia disguises herself as the maid and questions his valet to learn more about her future husband. Little does she know, her betrothed as taken on a disguise of his own.

In Donizetti’s Il Campanello (The Night Bell), Don Annibale, a rich and illustrious doctor, has just finished celebrating his wedding and is ready to honeymoon when the night bell rings. Being required by law to answer, he obeys and meets a series of patients with increasing demands. The patients are all actually one man: Enrico, the new Mrs. Annibale’s former lover.

Join Us And Sing!

opera theatreThe Sacramento State Opera Theatre program has presented hundreds of fully and semi-staged operas in its long history. Students enrolled in Opera Theatre have many opportunities to light up the stage including at least one fully staged opera each year. Singers receive instruction in basic acting skills, character development and stage movement through the study of both traditional and contemporary repertoire.

Auditions for the Opera Theatre program occur at the end of each semester for the following semester's productions. (Students new to the program each semester will be heard at special auditions to be arranged with the director). Students should prepare an operatic aria or legitimate musical theatre selection of their choosing. Alternative repertoire may accepted if approved by the director. For more information, please contact Omari Tau, via email or at (916) 278-6472.

Omari TauOmari Tau is the Director of Opera Theatre at Sac State. A Sacramento native, Omari received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Michigan State University followed by a Master’s Degree in Vocal Music Performance at The Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. At home in the operatic and musical theatre world as well as in jazz and pop genres, Tau has proven to be a versatile educator and performing artist.

Before joining Sacramento State, Mr. Tau completed a nine year tour of Disney’s The Lion King, performing the role of Banzai, which traveled throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Other credits include plays at the Tony Award winning Alley Theatre and musicals such as Evita with original choreographer Larry Fuller at Theater Under The Stars. Classical voice recitals include the premieres of Michael Remson’s “After Whitman” and “nicht anna” by Phillip Blume at La Fondation Royaumont - Voix Nouvelles Festival in France. Tau appears on Albany Records in Roger Nelson’s “A Room With A View”. He is a featured artist on “A Lion King Christmas”.