The Tender Land

  • Music by Aaron Copland
  • Libretto by Horace Everett
  • June 14th and 16th, 2019
  • Orr Auditorium

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Meet Our Production Cast

In keeping with the mission of its founders, the Company consistently produces two to four operas each year. MROC productions of foreign-language operas are usually performed in English translation. However, in recent years, the Company has mounted the occasional production in original language with projected English supertitles. MROC hires several guest artists as professional singers, directors, designers and/or instrumental musicians for every production.

Although the Board of Directors accepts professional credentials throughout the year, open auditions for roles in all productions take place prior to the beginning of each new season. Thus, the Company assures experience but also utilizes the regional community's own impressive reserve of fine singers, musicians, and artists and also offers opportunities for younger musicians to grow into the operatic performance tradition.

Support Our Mission

Muddy River Opera Company produces professional operatic performances and creates educational operatic opportunities for the people of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. As a part of our mission to provide educational experiences, Muddy River Opera Company conducts Educational Outreach Tours with local grade school students. Overseen by a Muddy River Opera Company director, cast members from the opera workshops of Culver-Stockton College, John Wood Community College and Quincy University tour grade schools in various counties in Illinois and Missouri, staging high-quality operatic experiences that are enjoyed by grade school children.


By purchasing tickets to our performances, attending our fundraising events, volunteering your time with our productions, viewing our recorded media and donating to our organization, you are helping us advance our mission. Thank You!

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