FSU’s Department of Music to Present Opera Theatre in “An Evening of Operetta”
Frostburg State University’s Opera Theatre will present “An Evening of Operetta” on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and Monday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.
Directed by Gregory Scott Stuart, the concert will feature excerpts from light opera, including scenes from operettas by Arthur Sullivan, Emmerich Kalmán’s “Die Csárdásfürstin” (“The Gypsy Princess”) and Jacques Offenbach’s one-act charmer, “Le mariage aux lanternes” (“The Lantern-Light Marriage”).
English composer Sullivan is best known for 14 operatic collaborations with the dramatist W.S. Gilbert, including “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado.” His works include 24 operas, 11 major orchestral works, 10 choral works and oratorios, two ballets, incidental music to several plays and numerous church pieces, songs, and piano and chamber pieces. His hymns and songs include “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and “The Lost Chord.”
“Die Csárdásfürstin” is an operetta in three acts by Hungarian composer Kálmán. It premiered in Vienna at the Johann Strauss-Theater in 1915. Numerous film versions and recordings have been made. The operetta is beloved across Europe, particularly in Hungary, Austria, Germany and the former Soviet Union, where it was adapted into a popular film. It is arguably Kálmán’s most successful work.
“Le mariage aux lanterns,” a work in Offenbach’s more pastoral and sentimental style, was first performed at the Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens in Paris in 1857. In this story, a young farmer Guillot has feelings for his orphan cousin Denise, who was entrusted to him by their uncle Mathurin. Guillot hides his feelings by treating her roughly, driving the young girl to despair. Both write to their uncle – he for money and she for advice. Each receives a letter about “treasure” that can be found under the great tree when the evening church bells peal.
Opera students include sopranos Rachel Cox and and Alana James, mezzo-soprano Kayla Elsaesser and tenors Gabriel Harper and Christian Scott. Pianist Dr. Joseph Yungen will accompany the group.
For more information, contact FSU’s Department of Music at 301-687-4109.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Pealer Recital Hall, PAC
101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, Frostburg
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