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|PREVIOUS OPERA SEASONS|
*Winter Opera: Opera and Musical Theatre Scenes
*Spring Production: The Secret Garden
* Opera: Die Zauberflöte by W.A. Mozart
Shorter University Opera Theatre presents one of Mozart’s most famous operas, The Magic Flute (1791). The fantastical story of a prince seeking his true love with the help of his new bird-hunter friend pits the basic philosophy of good versus evil in a way that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. A fairy-tale rich with music ranging from the stratospheric high notes of the Queen of the Night to the solemn, reverent hymns of the Priests, The Magic Flute takes us on a journey for love and knowledge. This production will be sung in German with English dialogue, and will be performed with full orchestra.
Sunday, 2 p.m.; Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Sopranos Deborah Popham and Rebecca Salter and Matthew Hoch, baritone, and Ben Harris, piano, present a double-bill of The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti and La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc. The Telephone comically tells the story of a young man who wants to propose to his girlfriend, but keeps getting interrupted by her friends calling on the telephone. La voix humaine recounts the story of a young woman continuously being interrupted during a telephone call from her boyfriend of five years, who is leaving her for another woman.
*Spring Opera: Opera Scenes
Shorter Opera Theatre will be presenting a fully produced collection of scenes from various operas. This event will showcase some of the finest scenes from operatic literature, from the serious to the comical and everything in between. Scenes in foreign languages will be enhanced by the use of supertitles.
2010-2011 Opera Season
Fall Opera: La canterina by Joseph Haydn and La Divina by Thomas Pasatieri
Shorter University Opera Theatre presents two delightful one-act operas composed 200 years apart from one another. La canterina (1766) is a jovial farce concerning the demure young maiden, Gasparina, and her singing teacher, Don Pelagio. This charming opera buffa will be performed in Italian. In La Divina (1966), a past-her-prime operatic star takes her final bow. This hilarious satire of the “diva” persona will be performed in English.
Winter Opera - The Ballad of Baby Doe
Tickets Required - Contact the Shorter University Box Office at 706-233-7288.
Set in Leadville, Colorado, Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe (1956) retells the true story of Elizabeth “Baby Doe” Tabor and her marriage to a rich silver entrepreneur. Set over the course of several decades, the opera reveals tableaus from Baby Doe’s life: her greatest joys and deepest sorrows. Comprised of a beautiful score and recognizable arias, this American opera is a landmark work in standard repertory. Performed with full orchestra, this opera will combine the talents of Shorter University faculty and students.
2008-2009 Opera Season
The Music of Menotti:
These two one-act operas by Gian-Carlo Menotti highlight his gift for soaring melody and intense drama. In The Old Maid and the Thief, two busy-body society ladies find some excitement in their lives when a handsome wanderer passes through town. In the famous aria “Steal Me, Sweet Thief,” their house maid Laetitia hopes that the romantic stranger will save her from a similar life of spinsterhood. In The Medium we meet Madame Flora, a faux clairvoyant whose world turns upside down when she starts really hearing the voices of ghosts.
See the beloved fairy tale come to life in Jules Massenet’s operatic rendering. Based on Charles Perrault’s version of the classic story, the opera is filled with the charming sweetness of dancing fairies, the evil humor of conniving step-sisters, and the magic of a dream-like ball and happy ending. Come see Cinderella find her Prince Charming as depicted in Massenet’s lush and romantic score.
Operas being considered for the 2009-10 season include Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Lehar’s The Merry Widow.
2007-2008 Opera Season
From Carthage to Rome:
Shorter Opera Theatre explores early music in Purcell's Baroque classic. Based on Virgil's Aeneid, the opera features sailors, spirits, and sorcery but stars the ill-fated love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, future founder of the Roman Empire. Contemporary composer Robert Ward brings Edith Wharton's short story to life in his operatic realization of Roman Fever. Two American widows vacationing in Rome, Italy realize they have quite a lot in common in this opera's surprise ending. In one evening, enjoy a taste of both 17th century and 20th century opera all sung in English.
Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers
The twelfth collaboration by Gilbert and Sullivan, this charming operetta delights in satirizing British snobbery while reveling in its Italian setting of Venice. Two gondoliers and their brides mix with Spanish nobility, singing Sullivan's lilting barcarolles and dancing cachuchas in Gilbert's typical topsy-turvy fashion. Come see the first Shorter Opera Theatre production at the Rome City Auditorium in this production sponsored by Dr. Sam Baltzer and Rome’s Own Music Ensembles. The Gondoliers will be performed with orchestral accompaniment.
Operas being considered for the 2008-9 season include Menotti’s The Medium and The Old Maid and the Thief and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (in German).
2006-2007 Opera Season
Celebrating 250 Years of Mozart
2005-2006 Opera Season
Your True Calling: Composing in the Shadow of Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Mahler (world premiere): music by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Alma Mahler; libretto by Linda Lister
Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld
2004-2005 Opera Season
Francis Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites
2003-2004 Opera Season
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Grand Night for Singing
2002-2003 Opera Season
Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus
2001-2002 Opera Season
Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella
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