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Stewart Copeland photo by Shayne Gray

Manchester stages collegiate debut of Stewart Copeland opera

Composer speech on North Manchester campus is delayed to Feb. 28

Invention of MorelStewart Copeland – seasoned, prolific American composer of opera, ballet, film and contemporary orchestral music, internationally known as founder and drummer of The Police – has composed an exciting opera that he describes as a “period, sci-fi, romantic black comedy.”

The Manchester University Music Department and the Manchester Symphony Orchestra offer the collegiate debut of The Invention of Morel at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and 29 at the Honeywell Center in Wabash, Ind. General admission is $20; it is $10 for all students, but they must show identification when they pick up their tickets.

On Feb. 28, Copeland will speak at the North Manchester, Ind., campus at 10 a.m. in Cordier Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.The presentation was originally scheduled for Feb. 27, but was postponed due to weather delays.

Copeland will also speak briefly at the opera’s opening night. He is not scheduled to attend the second night.

Debra Lynn“Few things are more exciting for musicians than working directly with composers and world-class directors,” said Debra Lynn, musical director of the production. She is MU director of choral organizations and vocal studies. “We are so proud that Manchester students and young alumni have the opportunity to learn from two of the greats.”

The MU Music Department is bringing in both Copeland and stage director Kathleen Smith Belcher, from the New York Metropolitan Opera, as artists in residence. Belcher will arrive for stage rehearsals in the middle of February, and Copeland will Skype with performers until arriving on campus a few days before the debut performance of the opera.

“We hope to expand awareness about opera as a vibrant, growing musical genre that is fulfilling and enjoyable for all audiences,” Lynn said. She has arranged for a number of area high school music students to attend the Feb. 27 presentation.

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Short promo video:

Narrator: Grant Ebert
Fugitive: Thomas Hall
Faustine: Emily Lynn
Morel: Clayton Marcum
Alec/Ombrellieri: Ben Tipton
Dora: McKenzie Hare
Stoever: Seth Hendricks
Duchess: Hayley Cochran
Butler: Barry Drudge
Maid: Judi Orr

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February 2020