Opera Workshop Program Notes

Dr. Reg Pittman, Director

Amanda Arrington, Pianist

Synopses and Order of Scenes

The Magic Flute - Mozart

This scene begins after the Three Ladies (ladies in waiting to the Queen of the Night) have placed a padlock on Papageno’s mouth so he will not tell lies. The ladies provide Tamino a magic flute, and Papageno a set of bells that will keep them safe as they search for the Queen’s daughter.

Ladies – Sarrah Sultz, Morgan Grote, and Liz Handy

Tamino – Simon Wenger

Papageno – Ethan Irons

The Pearl Fishers – Bizet

The Pearl fishers duet is sung by the Zurga, the chief of the pearl fishers and old friend Nadir. The two men are rejoined after not seeing each other for many years. They recall their last trip together to a temple where they both fell in love with a beautiful woman leading the ceremony. They swore to forget the woman so they would never lose their friendship.

Zurga – Kolby Van Camp

Nadir – Matthew Robison

Carmen – Bizet

The smugglers retreat to the mountains, as Mercedes and Frasquita pass the time by telling their fortunes with cards. When Carmen joins in, she reads death again and again, first for herself and the for her former lover Don Jose.

Frasquita – Kate Westhoven

Mercedes – Sydney VanDyck

Carmen – Erin Grochowsky

The Merry Wives of Windsor – Nicolai

This opera plot is taken from the Shakespearean play of the same name. Secret lovers Anne and Frank have sneaked away for a romantic evening, but are followed by two suitors of Anne’s, Slender and Dr. Cajus.

Anne – Payton Boldt

Frank – Ryan Hernandez

Slender – Brayden Liakos

Dr. Cajus – Ryan Teer

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Frank Loesser

Rosemary's fellow secretary Smitty helps her and Finch set up a date in the musical selection: "It’s Been a Long Day.”

Finch – Elijah Fontanez

Rosemary – Sage Williams

Smitty – Emma Curry

La Cenerentola (Cinderella) - Rossini

Sisters Clorinda and Tisbe are busy primping while their stepsister is sitting near the fireside singing about a king who chose a kind-hearted bride. When a knock is heard at the door, Cinderella opens the door to find a beggar (actually Prince Ramiro’s tutor). She invites him inside and gives him food, angering the sisters. The prince’s knights appear, announcing the arrival of the prince himself, who at ball will choose the most beautiful woman to be his bride.

Clorinda – Julia Deeb

Tisbe – Kara McClendon

Cinderella - Paige Padgett

Beggar - Oliver Hutchison

Knights - Ryan Teer andDr. Reg Pittman

Additional Credits

Stage Manager: LaVonne Canfield
Sound Engineer/Editor: James Kyle Davis
Producer: Ben Stark

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