In Performance

Spring 2017

"It's a Grand Night for Singing"

Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:30 pm
Ardrey Memorial Auditorium

An evening of song including overtures, choruses and solo performances from the grandest of grand operas including Turandot, la Boheme, Tannhauser, Carmen, Nabucco, Rosenkavalier and Die Fledermaus. Performed by the NAU Lyric Theatre Ensemble, Shrine of the Ages Choir, The NAU Symphony Orchestra and faculty soloists, this will be an evening NOT to be missed.

Tickets available through the NAU Central Ticket Office ( or 928-523-5661)

$22 adult, $6 student with ID

Dido and Aeneas

Dido & Aeneas, one of the oldest pieces in the operatic genre, is the story of two monarchs who join in marriage to strengthen their respective kingdoms. 
The Carthagenian Queen, however, is hated by a group of witches who plot to kill her new Trojan lover. 
Purcell's work, clear and concise in just five scenes, will be presented by NAU Lyric Theater by three casts in the provocative surroundings of the Ashurst Auditorium. 
Directed by Eric Gibson and conducted by Sarah Harrell.

Performances (Ashurst Hall)

Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 29, 2:30 p.m. 
Thursday, February 2, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 5, 2:30 p.m.

Fall 2016

For the Love of Three Operas was a delightful triple-bill of operas including Senior Deluso, the world premiere of Beethoven's Slippers, and Il Campanello. Click below to learn more about each piece.

Signor Deluso
Signor Deluso, text and music by Thomas Pasatieri. The first of the operas is packed with mistaken identities, mistaken love affairs and mistaken marriages. In other words? It’s one big mistake! The action is outside of Paris, and Célie, a young noblewoman, is in love with Léon. Her father, however, is forcing his lovely daughter into a marriage with a fellow rich nobleman, Valère. Signor Deluso, Célie’s neighbor, comforts the young lady arousing the jealous tendencies of his meddling wife Clara. This modern opera, composed in a neo-classical style with words by the composer, is a beautiful, hilarious start to our evening! Sung in English
Beethoven’s Slippers
Beethoven’s Slippers, a WORLD PREMIERE monodrama by NAU faculty voice professor and composer Judith Cloud with a libretto by Douglas Atwill based on his short story of the same title. A woman poignantly details her love affair with Charles including romantic escapades in Paris and Santa Fe and thoughtful gifts, among them pearls and a pair of slippers worn by Beethoven. The production’s scenery will utilize original sketches by Mr. Atwill as the woman recalls her memories. The production will feature NAU faculty in the orchestra and guest artist Jennifer Trost as the woman. Sung in English with supertitles
Il Campanello
Il Campanello, by Gaetano Donizetti. After the beautiful, young Serafina marries the elder pharmacist Don Annibale, her old flame Enrico arrives and does what he can to prevent the marriage from being consummated by ringing “the night bell” (Il Campanello) and posing as different “patients” needing various pills and ointments keeping Annibale sufficiently distracted from his “intentions” with his new bride! This delightful one-act opera is being transported into the 1960’s and into the equally delightful world of Italian television! The production will feature the NAU Symphony orchestra. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.