CBU Opera Theater at California Baptist University presents a fully staged opera with orchestra each year at the Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga. Most recently, the ensemble presented Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in Spring 2023. Previous productions include Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love in Spring 2022 and its inaugural performance of a collection of scenes along with a virtual production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in Spring 2020.

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Julie Makerov
Director, CBU Opera Theater

Captivating audiences internationally, Ms. Makerov’s voice has been described as “gloriously commanding” (la scena musicale), “sumptuous” (, and “soaring” (The Oakland Tribune). The New York Times proclaims “Julie Makerov’s plush soprano voice and vulnerability were ideal for the godess Freia”, and of her debut with Los Angeles Opera, The Huffington Post wrote “Julie Makerov is triumphant!”. A consummate singing actor, she is a winner of the Dora Award, Canada’s most prestigious live theater honor.

Ms. Makerov has sung lead roles with the world’s finest opera companies including Canadian Opera Company, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera San Jose, Theater Erfurt, and Oper Frankfurt. Ms. Makerov holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from California State University San Bernardino and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from University of Southern California.

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