Opera at Manchester College:
It’s more than the performance
performance of A Night at the
Opera over the March 30 - April 1 weekend at Manchester College
isn’t the end result of the opera workshop that precedes it.
will help our students understand opera and gain an appreciation for the
kind of genius required to compose opera,” says Dr. Debra Lynn, music
director and associate professor of music. “I also want our students to
learn about the kind of self-discipline and diligence it takes to learn
an opera role and get it ready for performance.”
performances in English – 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m.
Sunday, April 1 – are in Wine Recital Hall on the North Manchester
campus. Tickets ($5) are available at the door, but reservations are
“Clear diction is
incredibly important in performing opera,” notes Lynn. “If the singers
don’t remember to enunciate properly, it can sound like gibberish,
leaving the audience very frustrated about the plot.”
At the workshop,
students also will learn to depend upon each other to remain on pitch
during long dialogue passages, to time their stage movements to the
music and keep their vocal instrument in shape for the difficult and
taxing opera music.
present three scenes, all well-suited to their voices, notes Lynn. The
program opens with the one-act
The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti. Next comes the Act
I finale of Cosi fan Tutte by
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The students will close with Brindisi and the
Act II finale of
La Traviata by Giuseppe
Verdi. Michael Good of North Manchester is the pianist.
begins with a welcome by the three composers, presented by seniors
Andrew Leavens (Mozart) of Milroy, Andrew Haff (Verdi) of Westminster,
Md., and Jesse Reid (Menotti) of Richmond.
senior mezzo-soprano Allison Hoover of Flossmoor, Ill.; sophomore
soprano Leslie Butterbaugh of Wabash; junior baritone David Moan of
Goshen; sophomore mezzo-soprano Cori Miner of Elgin, Ill.; senior
soprano Rachael Heath of Fort Wayne; soprano Katherine McCann of
tenor Joel Waggy of Goshen; senior bass Michael Spaulding of North
Vernon, Ind.; senior baritone Andrew Suhre of Michigantown; sophomore
tenor Jeffery Combs of Wabash; senior soprano Audrey Lucker of North
Manchester; first-year soprano Anna Harvey of Indianapolis; first-year
baritone Zachary Blatz of Wabash.
contralto Kacie Gauby; first-year tenor Nicholas Kenny of Fort Wayne;
first-year soprano Nicole Anderson of Frewsburg, N.Y.; sophomore
contralto and choreography assistant Ayana Brown of Lafayette;
first-year mezzo-soprano Tiffany
Berkebile of Walkerton; sophomore soprano Lacrisha Clinton of Terre
Haute; junior mezzo-soprano Heidi Gonyea of Kokomo; junior bass Jonathan
Largent of Muncie
Olesya Savinkova of Uzbekistan.
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Some members of Manchester
College’s cast of
La Traviata, from
left, Row 1: Anna Harvey, Ayana Brown, Audrey Lucker, Cori Miner; Row 2:
Jon Largent, Michael Spaulding, Zachary Blatz, Joel Waggy; Row 3: David
Moan, Katherine McCann.