The award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble produces two, fully-staged productions each year (one with orchestra and one with a chamber instrumental group or piano). In addition, when appropriate, an Opera Scenes Workshop provides students the opportunity to study a partial role and perform it in an informal venue. The ensemble enjoys a collaborative relationship with the Department of Theatre & Dance, producing a musical every three years. Our opera education outreach program has served over 4,000 North Country school children, many experiencing opera for the first time.
The ensemble’s 2011 production of Amahl & the Night Visitors was the 1st place winner of The American Prize In Operatic Performance and 2nd place in the National Opera Association’s annual Collegiate Production Competition (Division 3). The 2010 production of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges was also the 1st place winner of the American Prize. The 2009 production of L’Egisto and the 2003 production of The Mikado were winners of the NOA competition in their respective categories.