College of Wooster’s Opera Workshop to Present Two Productions April 27
Performances to be held in the Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center
WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster's annual Opera Workshop will present two comic one-act operas on Sunday, April 27, in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m.
Featured in this year's workshop will be Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Impresario (Der Schauspieldirektor), with a new libretto by Linda Lister, professor of opera theatre at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. While Mozart's music remains untouched (sung in its original German), Lister's Vegas-inspired update casts modern pop-divas Madonna (junior Anne Briggs) and Lady Gaga (sophomore Lauren Vanden Broeck) vying for top billing in Vegas tycoon Steve Wynn's (Noah Hibbard) newest acquisition — Caesar's Palace. Meanwhile, reality-TV personality Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino (junior Colin Commager) and the ultra-suave Hollywood agent Ari Gold (senior Ryan O'Dell) work not only the room, but also the 'Impresario' to get what they want.
The second production will be Seymour Barab's A Game of Chance, which debuted in 1956. The original female leads sat knitting in a garden waiting for fate to bring them each their dearest wish. Wooster's contemporary version places the heroines in a more relevant setting: three college coeds (junior Jenny Brumbaugh and first-years Mary Jeffries and Laura Schnieder) tending bar until graduation. The Messenger of fate (Colin Commager), himself a dissatisfied personality, brings to each woman exactly what she has desired. As the opera closes, each character conveys the all-too-true expression, "...be careful of what you wish for..."
Each of the productions will be staged by Carrie deLapp-Culver, associate professor of music at Wooster, and accompanied by Toni Shreve, also a member of the music department at Wooster.
Additional information is available by phone (303-263-2419) or e-mail.