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Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in The Voice Box | 0 comments

Operagasmic Production of the Week!

by Christie Connolley

I love to arrive early to the opera.  For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES!  Once that is done, I delve into the program!  I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes!  It is one of the best parts of going to the opera!  So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.

The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Union Avenue Opera’s Das Rheingold!

Friday, August 17 at 8pm
Saturday, August 18 at 8pm
Friday, August 24 at 8pm
Saturday, August 25 at 8pm

Concluding the 2012 Festival Season is the start of a four-year odyssey for Union Avenue Opera: Das Rheingold, the first of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle. Condensed and reduced by English composer Jonathan Dove, this adaptation retains the essence of Wagner while making it accessible to UAO’s intimate setting.

A saga of epic proportion replete with giants, gods, goddesses and a dragon, Das Rheingold opens in the waters of the river Rhine, where three Rhine-maidens guard the river’s magical gold. Enraged by their scorn, conniving dwarf Alberich steals enough of this precious metal to forge a ring that gives its bearer unimaginable power. Meanwhile Wotan and Loge, two powerful gods, conspire to steal the gold as ransom for the goddess Freia who has been kidnapped by the giants. The ensuing struggle for possession of the ring drives this dramatic opera.

Gods
Wotan: Kevin Misslich
Loge: Marc Schapman
Fricka: Elise Quagliata
Freia: Joy Boland
Donner: John Maynard
Froh: Clark Sturdevant
Erda: Cecelia Stearman

Nibelungs
Alberich: Jordan Shanahan

Giants
Fasolt: Todd von Felker
Fafner: Nikolas Wenzel

Rhinemaidens
Woglinde: Elizabeth Beers Kataria
Wellgunde: Megan Hart
Floßhilde: Katja Heuzeroth

Directed by Karen Coe Miller
Conducted by Scott Schoonover

Presented in German with projected English supertitles

Friday Night Lecture Series

Join us for our Friday Night Lecture Series at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall presented by Glenn Bauer, Ph. D., Associate Chair, Department of Music at Webster University. Lectures are free and open to the public.

August 17 and  August 24

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