Wittenberg Opera Workshop Ensemble Presents Spring Production April 9
Springfield, Ohio – The galleries of the Springfield Art Museum at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University will be the stage for the university’s Opera Workshop ensemble spring production. Titled “A Florid Affair,” the hour-long performance features Italian arias from the 17th and 18th centuries and begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9.
Directed by Assistant Professor of Music Jessica McCormack, the students will be accompanied by Professor of Music Dan Kazez, cello, and Staff Accompanist Diane Slagle, pianist. Admission is free and open to the public, with the galleries opening at 7 p.m. to allow time for visitors to view exhibits on display in the museum.
“The production is a pasticcio, a common operatic form found during the Baroque period that is composed of arias in Italian from several different operas, often by different composers. In addition to the musical reference, a pasticcio figuratively refers to a mess, chaos or a complicated situation.” McCormack explained. “This ‘blended’ production includes works by Handel, Scarlatti, Caldara, Pergolesi and Gluck among others. ‘A Florid Affair’ is laced with satire as each student portrays their character through the guise of a flower – a wandering sunflower in search of happier days – and embittered rosebud down on love – an evil bird of paradise who tries to stop a rescue mission.”
Students performing include Kali Almdale, class of 2013 from Fort Wayne, Ind.; Andrew Bowen, class of 2014 from Springfield, Ohio; Kailey Coulter, class of 2014 from Grove City, Ohio; Julia Devine, class of 2014 from Venetia, Pa.; Amy Elliott, class of 2013 from Huntington, W.V.; Sheila Herlihy, class of 2011 from North Royalton, Ohio; Benjamin Holbrook, class of 2014 from Alliance, Ohio; Rachel Hunger, class of 2012 from Tremont City, Ohio; Audreyana Jagger, class of 2013 from Baltimore, Ohio; Dorri Jones, class of 2014 from Carrollton, Ohio; Danielle O’Neill, class of 2014 from Canal Winchester, Ohio; Marisa Perez, class of 2011 from Lakewood, Ohio; Kayley Petch, class of 2013 from Fairfield, Conn.; Rachel Scarponi, class of 2014 from Akron, Ohio; Caity Valley, class of 2013 from Springfield, Ohio; and Tyler Wyche, class of 2014 from Columbus, Ohio.
“The Wittenberg Opera Workshop performs two productions per year on campus in addition to outreach performances at area retirement communities,” McCormack said. “Along with their practical training, students travel to live operatic productions to further their knowledge and exposure to this dramatic art form.
“During the 2011-2012 academic year, the students will travel to New York City for a tour and performance of Metropolitan Opera.”
The opera performance comes just two days after a gallery talk by Assistant Professor of Art Daniel McInnis and Springfield Museum of Art Curator Charlotte Gordon at the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University. Their presentation, titled “The Art of Photography,” will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts