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Rob Glaubitz, D.M.A., is the assistant director of the School of Music and a faculty member of the vocal division where he holds the position of director of UCO Opera as well as professor of voice and opera. He is passionate about helping students to reach their fullest potential as singers, performers, and educators.

Glaubitz has served as director of UCO Opera since 2015 and has directed numerous productions at UCO, including Hansel and GretelThe Magic FluteCosi fan tutteThe Tender Land, and Serse. He adapted multiple operas for performance at UCO, including a new version of Von Flotow's Martha with an English text. Under his leadership, UCO Opera has grown to performing three staged and costumed operas a year in a variety of on- and off-campus venues. These productions include UCO Opera's popular Opera for Children which introduces opera to more than 500 pre-K-6 students every year. Alumni of UCO Opera have sung with Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and Portland Opera among others as well as Oklahoma's own Tulsa Opera, Lyric Theatre, and Painted Sky Opera.

As a vocal instructor, Glaubitz teaches both classical and musical theatre singers with a strong emphasis on functional vocal training. His students have won multiple competitions and are performing on national tours of musicals and at professional opera companies as well as training the musicians and music lovers of the future as music educators. He holds a Level 1 certification in Somatic Voicework.

Glaubitz is the artistic director and one of the founders of Painted Sky Opera, a professional opera company based in Oklahoma City.  Founded in 2015, Painted Sky Opera's mission is to present innovative, inspiring opera through performance and education featuring emerging professional artists in Central Oklahoma. Through his leadership and that of his co-founder Barbara Fox DeMaio, Painted Sky Opera has developed into a strong voice for opera and classical singing in central Oklahoma. In 2017, Painted Sky Opera became a resident company at Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City as well as a professional company member of Opera AMERICA. Currently, Painted Sky Opera presents a four show season, with past productions directed by Glaubitz including ToscaRigoletto, La Tragedie de CarmenTrouble in Tahiti, The Medium, and La Traviata.  Painted Sky Opera has also given the Oklahoma premieres of Jake Heggie's Three Decembers and Stephen Temperley's Souvenir.  More information on Painted Sky Opera can be found at www.paintedskyopera.org.

Glaubitz is active as a singer, having appeared across the United States and internationally in Brazil and China in multiple operatic and musical theatre productions as well as in concerts and recitals. In Oklahoma, he has performed with the OKC Philharmonic, Enid Symphony, and Painted Sky Opera. He appears on several recordings, including 2018's Kindred Spirits performing the Dello Joio "Songs of Abelard".

Glaubitz is well-regarded as a researcher and is best known for his website The Aria Database (http://www.aria-database.com), an online repository of information on more than one-thousand operatic arias. The Aria Database has received numerous awards and has been featured by the New York Times and Australian Public Radio. It has been aiding singers in their preparation of arias since 1996.

Originally from Virginia, Glaubitz received his D.M.A. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and his M.M. in Vocal Performance from University of Colorado - Boulder. He received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Hartford.

Classes Taught

  • Applied Voice
  • Opera Workshop
  • Opera Performance

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