Opera@Augustana provides opportunities for singers to explore some of the lighter operatic repertoire. Students who enjoy the combination of singing and acting are encouraged to audition early in the fall term.
This year Opera@Augustana is excitedly performing two productions, a classic opera in the winter and a collaborative production with the Department of Theatre to perform a musical in the spring
Dido and Aeneas
Music by Henry Purcell
Libretto by Nahum Tate
November 20, 21, 22 at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall (3520 7th Ave.)
This winter Opera@Augustana presents Dido and Aeneas, which tells the tale of the legendary Queen of Carthage, Dido and the Trojan refugee prince, Aeneas. When Aeneas and his crew become shipwrecked in Carthage, he and the Queen fall in love. In the meantime, witches plot Dido's destruction. The Sorceress has one of her coven impersonate Mercury who tells Aeneas he must leave Dido and found the new Troy (Rome). Forced to choose between passion and duty, Aeneas and his sailors prepare to leave, much to the witches' delight. Dido, who cannot live without him, is absolutely heartbroken and awaits death.
Tickets are $14 for the general public; $12 for seniors and non-Augustana students; $10 for Augustana students, faculty, staff; $8 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at http://www.augustana.edu/tickets
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
April 29 - May 8
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Directed by Jerry Jay Cranford with Musical Direction by Michelle Crouch, this infamous tale of Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the judge who framed him. The twists and turns to this musical thriller are bound to entertain!Tickets are $14 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens, faculty, staff and students. Early bird tickets are offered at $10 until April 18. Tickets are available at http://www.augustana.edu/tickets
Past productions have included The Elixir of Love, The Mikado, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Die Fledermaus, H.M.S. Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance, The Marriage of Figaro, Barnum's Bird, Gianni Schicchi, Dido and Aeneas, The Little Sweep, What Men Live By, Godspell and Augustana College Theatre collaborations such as: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Assassins, Sunday in the Park with George, Working, Pippin, The Secret Garden, Bat Boy: The Musical and most recently, Something's Afoot.
Opera@Augustana auditions are held at various times throughout the year for specific productions. Students are asked to perform an aria or song of their choice, usually from memory. An accompanist is provided for all auditions. Sometimes simple choreography and/or reading of lines are included in the auditions, if the opera calls for it. For more information about auditioning for the opera program, please contact Dr. Pfautz.
Opera@Augustana performs 2-3 productions per year. Chamber operas, one-act operas, and opera scenes programs are performed in the intimate setting of Wallenberg Hall, seating 320. Large scale productions with orchestral accompaniment are performed in Centennial Hall, seating more than 1000.
Students have the opportunity to take an active role behind the scenes as well as performing, by helping with set, costumes, lights, publicity and marketing and serving as assistants to the director.
Director: Dr. Michelle Crouch