Opera Notre Dame

Opera Notre Dame is dedicated to the study of opera through production in the Notre Dame liberal arts environment. Opera is an art form and cultural tradition that conveys emotion through the collaboration of music, rhetoric, painting, and dance. Opera performance embodies the liberal arts, demanding knowledge of the social, economic, musical, and spiritual history of each work, so that it may be created for and with contemporary audiences. Opera Notre Dame’s goal reflects the University’s mission of “being an environment of teaching and learning which fosters the development in its students of those disciplined habits of mind, body, and spirit which characterize educated, skilled, and free human beings.” Recent productions have included Faust, Le nozze di Figaro, Sweeney Todd, Dialogues of the CarmelitesL’incoronazione di Poppea,  and Candide. In April 2016, Opera Notre Dame presents the world premiere of As You Like It a new opera based on Shakespeare's comedy. By British composer Roger Steptoe with libretto by Lesley Fernandez-Armest and direction by Leland Kimball.