SUNY Fredonia provides students experience in a variety of operatic tradition and
fully staged works, accompanied by members of the College Symphony Orchestra. Recent
productions, include Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann), La bohème, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro and Floyd's Susanna.
For nearly 60 years, the Hillman Opera has provided one of the only full opera opportunities
for undergraduate singers in the country. In supporting opera at SUNY Fredonia and
the region, the Hillman Memorial Music Association has played a long-standing and
significant role in student professional development, the offering of high-caliber
performance events to the campus and community, and supporting the future of the opera
In addition, a student association group, Student Opera Theatre Association (SOTA), produces annual spring performances of opera scenes held at the historic 1891 Fredonia
Opera House, as well as regularly hosting guest artists in master class and concert
making the opera program at SUNY Fredonia one of significant breadth and involvement.