Department of Music to Present Opera Workshop: ‘Love & Marriage’

Free public performance scheduled for April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at The College of Wooster

April 25, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster’s Department of Music will present an Opera Workshop: “Love & Marriage,” under the direction of Carrie deLapp-Culver and accompanied by Toni Shreve, on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center (525 E. University St.). The event is free and open to the public.

Selections to be performed explore both the ecstasy and agony of the night’s theme: “Love & Marriage.” The program includes works in various musical styles from Classical (Mozart) and Romantic (Nicolai) to contemporary (Barber). The workshop examines new territory this season with two selections from the lyric musical theatre stage (Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim). In addition, several selections will be sung in the original language (Italian) with English “supertitles” projected above the stage.

Students representing a range of majors, including music, theatre, psychology, communication, and English, will perform. In Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” sophomore Sarah Roth and senior Sarah Mitchell will share the role of Fiordiligi, while juniors Kasie Fagan and Marie Gatien, will share the role of Dorabella. Sophomore Anne Briggs completes the Mozart scenes as the maid, Despina. Senior Kenneth Perry, Jr., and first-year Summit Starr will perform in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel,” playing Enoch Snow and Carrie Pipperidge respectively. Junior Marjorie Rose Etheridge will take on the role of Charlotte in Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” with Marie Gatien performing as Anne. In Nicolai’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Mitchell and Starr will portray Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Page, respectively.

Barber’s chamber opera “A Hand of Bridge” will be performed by Briggs and fellow sophomore Colin Commager as well as Fagan and fellow junior Ryan O’Dell. Gluck’s adaptation of the Greek legend “Orpheus and Eurydice” will feature a trio with the principal roles performed by Briggs and first-year Jordan Shremshock. The deus ex machina, Amor, will be portrayed by first-year Lauren Vanden Broeck.

deLapp-Culver is in her fifth year at The College of Wooster, but has more than 20 years of teaching experience in higher education. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Missouri and the Doctor of Arts in music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in voice performance and pedagogy, where she focused on opera directing, particularly youth opera. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Opera Association. She also served its companion organization Opera For Youth as editor of the Opera for Youth Journal for several years. Culver has performed and recorded with such diverse organizations as the Long Island Gilbert and Sullivan Society, the Atlanta Symphony Chamber Chorus, the El Paso Opera, the Colorado Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, and Boulder’s Dinner Theatre. As a professional stage director, she has worked with the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island and the Cultural Arts Playhouse.

Shreve serves as director of The Wooster Singers at The College of Wooster, a position she has held since 2006. She completed nearly all course work for the Bachelor of Music degree in piano and voice at The College of Wooster and has attended master classes and workshops devoted to piano, voice, choirs (including children’s choirs), and church music. She has been a staff accompanist at Wooster for a number of years and has maintained a private studio, teaching voice, piano, and music theory, for many years. She is senior director of the Wayne Center for the Arts/Tri-County Educational Service Children’s Chorus, director of music and worship at St. John’s Church of Millersburg, and assistant director of the West Holmes Schools Choirs.

Additional information about Saturday’s performance is available by phone (330-263-2419) or e-mail.