BOONE—Well-known opera scenes will be presented Nov. 13-14 by the Appalachian State University Opera Theatre. Performances begin at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.
The opera theatre is directed by John Fowler from the Hayes School of Music. The theme of the evening, “A Woman Scorned and Other Clichés,” features scenes from 10 well-known operas, from “Don Giovanni” to “Falstaff” and “La Boheme.”
The evening opens with the sextet “Chi mi frena in tal momento” from Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” The opera follows the story of a young woman forced to marry a man she does not love. The vocalists are Bree Jordan, Ashlynn Doyle, Jason Nichols, Ethan Garner, Eli English and Rhyle Duran.
A scene from Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte,” also known as “The Magic Flute,” features vocalists Madeline Hamrick, Gretchen Struckmeyer, Mary Robert McGrath and Gina Patalano. The scene features three spirits who encounter a young woman who fears her love, Prince Tamino, has abandoned her.
“Ola Pang, Ola Pong” from Puccini’s “Turandot” will be sung by Ethan Garner, Matt Moore and Morgan Prince. The scene features three characters – Ping, Pang and Pong, who lament their role as ministers of the palace and their longing for their former life and their hope that love will end Princess Turandot’s bloody reign.
Gretchen Struckmeyer, Ashlynn Doyle, Mary Robert McGrath and Madeline Hille will sing the letter quartet from Verdi’s “Falstaff.” in which two characters vow revenge after both receive love letters from Falstaff.
Remy Martin sings the famous solo “La donna è Mobile” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto, in which the Duke of Mantua sings of women’s fickle nature.
Another scene from “Rigoletto,” the quartet “Bella figlia dell’amore,” will be performed Remy Martin, Kimberly Hilton, Bree Jordan and Evan Adair. The scene depicts Rigoletto planning vengeance against the Duke for seducing his daughter.
“Three Little Maids” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s popular “The Mikado” will be sung by Gretchen Struckmeyer, Gina Patalano and Madeline Hille and “Were You Not to Ko-Ko- Plighted” will be performed by Gretchen Struckmeyer, Matt Moore. The scenes are about joy, love and being promised to another.
“Their Spinning Wheel Unwinds…Listen! I heard a knock” from Benjamin Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” will be sung by Kimberly Hilton, Elizabeth Chapa, Mary Robert McGrath and Ashlynn Doyle. In it, Lucretia and her servants await her husband’s return from war.
Mozart’s opera “Don Giovanni” is represented by the scene “Non ti figar, o misera,” in which the characters Ottavio and Anna plot vengeance for the murder of Anna’s father. The scene will be performed by Bree Jordan, Madeline Hamrick, Coburn Jones and Ethan Garner. Also performed from “Don Giovanni” is “La ci darem la mano” sung by Ashlynn Doyle and Evan Grey. In this scene, Don Giovanni attempts to woe Zerlina who is betrothed to another.
Two scenes will be presented from Puccini’s “La Boheme.” Bree Jordan and Jason Nichols will sing “O Soave Fanciulla.” Remy Martin and Coburn Jones will sing “O Mimi, tu piu non torni.”
“Tu ne chanteras plus?” from Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann” will be sung by Elizabeth Chapa, Kimberly Hilton and Evan Adair. The scene is about forbidden love.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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