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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:
For more information or to audition, contact Dr. Mihai-Zoeter - 301-687-4119, firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Are Like That (Cosi fan tutte) by W.A. Mozart - highlights
November 8 and 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the PAC Pealer Recital Hall - Free Admission
Fiordiligi - Bailey Kerr and Sakkara Turner, soprano
Dorabella - Mikayla Young and Stephanie Laut, mezzo-soprano
Guglielmo - Zachary Dodge, baritone
Ferrando - Lane Conklin and Robert Brown, tenor
Despina - Allison Moses, soprano
Don Alfonso - TBA
Stage and Musical Director - Dr. Mariana Mihai-Zoeter
Accompanist - Dr. Jay DeWire
Guest Musician - Dr. Mark Gallagher, clarinet
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)
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.”