BGSU kicks off theater season with operasWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
There will be music in the air when Bowling Green State University presents an evening of opera with Mozart’s “The Impresario” and Handel’s “Acis and Galatea.” The double bill opens in Kobacker Hall’s Moore Musical Arts Center on Sept. 24.
“The Impresario” features a libretto by Stephanie the Younger and a cast that includes Rachel Snitzer, Rebecca Eaddy, Darin Kerr, Ryan P. Jones and John M. Carmack. Understudies include Kristen Basore, Joel B. Trisel and Eric S. Blair.
The production was directed by Darin Kerr and Ronald Shields, chair of the Department of Theatre and Film.
“Though these are shorter productions, their music is very difficult, demanding, and challenging. I think these two pieces speak to each other; they have certain design logic,” Shields said. “I think opera itself contains big ideas which are deeply felt, a lofty combination of music and poetry. We learn something about ourselves, there is a transformation.”
“The Impresario” was composed by Mozart in 1786 as an entry for a musical competition sponsored by Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II.
The piece centers on Dr. Scruples, who, frustrated with the failing finances of his opera company, contemplates turning his back on art and becoming a farmer.
“Acis and Galatea” features a libretto by John Hughes, John Gay and Alexander Pope and a cast that includes Jake Wilder, Amanda DeBoer, Franklin Brewer, Benjamin J. Popson, Marissa Wenning, Greg Ashe, Jing Lin, Kayleigh Butcher, McKayela Collins, Nathan Kendrick, Sean Manterfield and Stephen Maus. The production also includes a large offstage chorus.
The piece was directed by Shields and Michael Ellison.
Ellison also provided the choreography.
The libretto for “Acis and Galatea” is based on John Dryden’s adaptation of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” The piece, which first appeared in 1718, tells the tale of separated young lovers.
“On both of these productions I provided the visual logic,” Shields said. “The most difficult part was creating a coherent story that audiences could follow, because these pieces are really just an excuse to do the music. I think the fact that they are being sung in English may make them more accessible. They offer a unique gift, a forum for artistic expression, a joy to the ear, mind, and heart.”
The show will begin at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24, and at 3 p.m. on Sept. 26.
For more information, call the Box Office at (419) 372-2719 or visit www.bgsu.edu.