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UCF is proud of its growing opera program, serving its students and offering opera performances to the greater Orlando public. The principal goals are:

  • to produce quality performances which entertain and educate
  • to prepare UCF students for professional involvement in the opera genre


Opera Double Feature: Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Michael Ching’s Buoso's Ghost

Friday, April 13 at 7:30pm & Saturday, April 14 at 1:00

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Camps & Clinics

Summer Opera Institute

Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 24, 2018


photoPotter to sing opera in Lakeland
Thomas Potter, UCF voice teacher and opera director, will sing the lead baritone role of “Tonio” in Leoncavallo's famous opera Pagliacci (the clowns) with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra at the Branscomb Auditorium in Lakeland, FL on Saturday, January 21. [Read More]

Potter to Star in Florida Opera Theatre's "Gianni Schicchi"

Potter to Sing with Sarasota Opera

Opera singer Louis Roney to be inducted into Florida Artists Hall of Fame

Potter to Perform in Vero Beach Opera

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Opera Ensemble

Opera at UCF, under the direction of Thomas Potter, is an integral part of UCF’s School of Performing Arts, housed within the College of Arts and Humanities. Its principal goals are to produce quality performances which entertain and educate and to prepare students for professional involvement within the opera genre. Annual performances include an Opera Scenes Concert each fall and a fully staged production each spring. The Opera Workshop meets Mondays and Fridays from 3-5 p.m. and serves as a minor ensemble for music majors; members receive one hour of academic credit for each semester of successful participation.

Participation in the Opera program is open to all UCF students through audition. Interested students should read about Opera Workshop Ensemble Auditions for requirements and dates.

For more information, Email: opera@ucf.edu FB: UCF-Op-Shop Twitter: @UCFOpera

Opera Workshop

Outreach Program

Our Educational Outreach Program in the 2009-10 Season featured performances of Little Red Walking Hood (music by Lehár, adapted by Denise Paige Caraher).

Little Red walks, then runs, right into trouble on her trip through the woods. The wicked Wolf turns on the charm and tries to waltz her away from her common sense, but the stories and advice from the older people in her life pay off in the end. To add to the fun, Granny and her friend Vilia, the fairy wood sprite, get in some high kicks and good licks. As the females unite to subdue the furry felon, Girl Power rules!

The music is from Lehár's The Merry Widow. The duration of our performance is 50 minutes. Contact UCF Opera to discuss having this program in your school.

Opera Faculty and Staff

Meet UCF Opera's professional and academic staff

Thomas Potter

Thomas Potter
Executive Director
UCF Faculty bio

Robin Jensen

Robin Jensen
Music Director

UCF Faculty bio

Music Department • College of Arts & Humanities at the University of Central Florida
Phone: 407-823-2869 Fax: 407-823-3378 • E-mail: ucfmusic@ucf.edu