The Eklund Opera Program at the University of Colorado’s College of Music at Boulder will feature its annual student performance with selected opera and musical theater stages, all conducted by graduate students. The performance will take place at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 1 December at the Musical Theater in the Imig Music building.
“It’s a great way for people to dip their toes without engaging in a two or three hour show,” the professor said. Mutsumi Moteki, voice and opera co-chair and vocal coaching teacher, said. “It’s like an opera and musical buffet. If the audience doesn’t like something, it will be over in five minutes and something new will start.
“When the music blows up and the notes come out, it’s really amazing,” said Professor Jeremy Reger, assistant professor of vocal coaching.
The diverse program includes scenes from classical, romantic and contemporary operas in several languages, including Italian, German, French and English, as well as musical theater from the 20th and 21st centuries. It ranges from canonical works by Mozart, Rossini and Monteverdi to contemporary works by Jake Heggie, Stephen Sondheim and Jerry Bock.
During scenery changes, an announcer will talk about the stories to orchestrate multiple seamless transitions. This is not only to eliminate audience waiting between scenes, but it will also provide context for each scene for audience members. This allows the program to have a good ebb and flow, which is a delicate job with these many different genres, composers and styles of music.
The graduate student performers have taken over scenes from the grand opera, a 19th-century genre of opera that features large casts and orchestras and elaborate staging. For graduate students who have more experience in the field of opera, it has been an exhilarating time, learning new styles and techniques while watching their peers learn and grow as they work through the different styles of singing and playing. staging. The scenes will come from “L’incoronazione di Poppea” by Monteverdi (The Coronation of Poppea), from “L’elisir d’amore” by Donizetti (The Elixir of Love) and “Romeo and Juliet” by Charles Gounod, all of which include complex cadences, coloratures and other difficult opera techniques. They will also perform scenes from Heggie’s “Three Decembers”, a chamber opera premiered in 2008.
Undergraduates will perform somewhat less challenging scenes, serving as a stepping stone to the more grandiose scenes and providing a valuable learning experience. They will also perform scenes from “L’elisir d’amore”, as well as two other operas, “Die Zauberflöte” (The Magic Flute) by Mozart and “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) by Rossini, and two musicals, “Fiddler on the Roof ”and“ Into the Woods ”, winner of a Tony Award from Stephen Sondheim, which the Department of Theater and Dance at CU performed in 2019.
The performance will take place at CU Boulder’s Imig Music Building in the Music Theater. The cost of entry is free. More information can be found here via CU Presents.
Contact Haley Lauritzen, CU Staff Freelance Writer at [email protected]