Opera Studio Performs Jan. 18-20

| December 19, 2012

Opera Studio performances are fully staged and costumed.

Webster University’s Opera Studio Presents its annual performance Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18 and 19, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Heagney Theatre, Nerinx Hall High School.

Admission is $10 for the general public, $5 for senior adults and free to students with valid I.D.

The repertoire includes: scenes from “Cosi fan tutte” by Mozart, “Iolanta” by Tchaikovsky, “Werther” by Massenet and “The Merry Widow” by Lehar.

Webster University’s Opera Studio is a fully staged and costumed opera production, with orchestra. Voice majors and other voice students (freshmen through graduate students) participate in Opera Studio each semester, and the technical staff consists of students from the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

Costumes and props are from Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, both of which are housed on the Webster Groves campus.

The first scene is from one of Mozart’s greatest comedies, “Cosi fan tutte,” or, Women are like that. “Iolanta” is the story of a blind princess who regains her sight, and “Werther” tells the story of a poet hopelessly in love with a married woman, Charlotte.

“The Merry Widow” is a lighthearted operetta with familiar tunes, including the “Merry Widow Waltz,” and “Maxim’s” sung by the romantic male lead, Jimmy Stevens. Several dances will be performed by the Webster Dance Department and the Bulgarian Spirit Dance Group of St. Louis.

Nathan Troup of The Boston Conservatory is the stage manager; and Scott Schoonover, artistic director and conductor of the local Union Avenue Opera, conducts the Webster Opera Orchestra, made up of Webster students, faculty, alumni, and other professional players.

For tickets or more information, contact the Fine Arts Hotline at 968-7128 or the Music Department at 968-7032.

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