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WELCOME TO FSU OPERA THEATRE!

 

Opera
 

Opera Workshop at FSU is an opportunity for all Music majors to explore and learn about becoming a complete vocal performer. Opera is the largest form of vocal music that combines drama and music. This combination gives students the singular opportunity to work on their acting and musical skills. Under the direction of Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter, opera students will perform opera scenes, full operas, and operettas from all centuries.

To see and hear our students sing, please visit us on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/user/MsCantatrice

For more information or to audition, contact Dr. Mihai-Zoeter - 301-687-4119, mmzoeter@frostburg.edu
 

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE
 

FALL 2014
Friday, November 14, and Saturday, November 15
7:30 p.m. - PAC Pealer Recital Hall
Free Admission

SPRING 2015
Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18
7:30 p.m. - PAC Pealer Recital Hall
Free Admission

 

LAST YEAR'S PERFORMANCES

Spring 2014Heroes, Heroines, Lovers and Villians: In this opera production the students will be performing arias from Cavalli's La Calisto, Mozart's Don GiovanniThe Magic FluteThe Marriage of Figaro, Puccini's La Bohème, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Verdi's Rigoletto and duets and trios from Handel's Hercules, Copland's The Tender Land, Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Lehar's The Merry Widow, Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and Cimarosa's The Secret Marriage.

Fall 2013 - The Opera Workshop class presented highlights from Women Are Like That (Cosi fan tutte) for their Fall performance.

Spring 2013 - Forbidden Love was the theme for the spring semester of our Opera Workshop class.  Our opera students presented to the public arias and scenes from Bizet's Carmen and The Pearl Fishers, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience and The Mikado, and Verdi's Rigoletto.

2012 - The Wedding by Lantern-Light by Jacques Offenbach - one act operetta - was our fall semester production.  Below is our publicity poem!

At Frostburg State, a tale will be told,
Of a marvelous treasure, more valuable than gold.
A show that shall be enjoyed upon site,
Called The Wedding by Lantern Light.
The story of Peter, given a treasure to explore,
Only to find, that it’s worth something more.
Meanwhile Two greedy widows fight for his hand,
And his cousin sits aloof, feeling particularly bland.
So who will Peter marry and take under his wings?
Find out at Frostburg, when the vesper bell rings.

(Dominic Rogers, junior-Music Management)

 

Past Performances

2012- “An Aria in Spring” offered our FSU students the opportunity to explore a program of arias and scenes from Vanessa by Barber, Tosca and La Boheme by Puccini, Der Freischutz by Weber, Die Entfurung aus dem Serail, Le nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan tutte by Mozart, and Fra Diavolo by Auber.

2011- “Forever love” was a program which contained scenes from: Le fille du regiment by Donizetti, Lakme by Leo Delibes, Rodelinda by Handel, Faust by   Gounod, La Boheme by Puccini, Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart, The Count of   Luxembourg by Lehar, Die Fledermaus by Strauss, and Le Cenerentolla by Rossini.

A Night at the Opera” was our fall semester performance where   students performed opera Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti.

2010- FSU Opera Theater presented scenes from: Cosi fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro by W. A. Mozart, Faust by Gounod, Hansel und Gretel by Humperdinck, and L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti.

 

 

Here's what our students say: 

“Opera, to me, is the epitome of music intertwined with performance; it is singers and instrumentalists coming together to express a plethora of emotions and situations almost solely through music. I can't express how deep my appreciation for it is.”

(Bailey Kerr, soprano-Music Management, junior)


Opera is a synthesis of music with the other arts: literature, voice, stagecraft, dance, and set design are all combined to create it.  How can one be a lover of any art form and not be a lover of opera?”

(Lane Conklin, tenor- Vocal Performance, senior)


“Opera is an opportunity for me to enter a world of make believe. It’s a chance for me to be someone other than myself for a just a little while. I love getting the opportunity to take an audience on a journey of pretend and experience that they may not get in other forms of art. I love opera and hope to always get the opportunity to escape into opera world for the rest of my life.”

(Britany Poindexter, soprano-Vocal Performance, senior)


Opera is still a new art to me, but I think it is a great way to explore a story and its characters through music.”

(Allison Moses, soprano-Music Education, junior)


To Zach, opera is a wonderful mixture of acting and music, a great cultural experience!”

(Zachary Dodge, bass-Music Education, senior)


Opera to me is an opportunity to perform. I enjoyed musical theater and opera is being able to take my classical training to the next level.”

(Jessica Knouse, mezzo-soprano- Music Major, senior)

 

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