From Sublime to Ridiculous with Opera Workshop

Oct 25, 2006

From Sondheim's The Frogs to Mozart's The Magic Flute, and from Gilbert and Sullivan to a contemporary spoof on dreams of stardom, the HSU Opera Workshop student singers present an eclectic program of selections from musical theatre, opera, and operetta, Friday, November 3 and again on Sunday, November 5 in the Fulkerson Recital Hall on the HSU campus in Arcata. Both shows start at 8 p.m.

"Some of the selections are irreverent, some are sublime, and some have elements of the ridiculous," according to Elisabeth Harrington, HSU assistant professor of voice, and director of the production. In fact, the show begins with the rousing "Invocation and Introduction to the Audience" from Stephen Sondheim's contemporary musical version of The Frogs by Aristophanes.

Other song selections include Motzart's The Magic Flute, A Game of Chance, by Seymour Barab - a witty examination of luck and success featuring singers Mindy Willens, Guinevere Johnston and Emily Skold, and Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance.

In the HSU Opera Workshop, students "study basic stagecraft, collaboration, and musical accuracy," according to professor Harrington. "They learn challenging and diverse music, then practice uniting their singing and acting, both as soloists and as ensemble members."

Singers will be accompanied by John Chernoff on piano throughout the performance.

Admission for both shows is $6 general, $2 student/senior, and HSU students free with ID. Tickets can be purchased from the HSU Ticket Office (826-3928) or at the door. This concert is produced by HSU Department of Music. For more information, call 826-3531.