Fringe Festival Cast Lists

Seven Deadly Sins
Anna: Alex Rodrick/Emily Spencer
Tenor 1: John Nevergall
Tenor 2: Matthew Corcoran
Baritone (Father): Benjamin Taylor
Bass (Mother): Joseph Hubbard

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Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera
Farinelli's Trainer: Jennifer Jaroslavsky/Sarah Lennertz
Elton John's Trainer: Tara Deieso/Ruby White
St. Francis's Trainer: Helen Hassinger/Chelsea Seener
Hans Sach's Trainer: Jesse Darden/Joshuah Rotz
Prince Gabriel Trainer's Son: Franklin Mosley/Darrick Spellar
Atticus Finch's Trainer: Jorgeandres Camargo/Erik Van Heyningen

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Announcing the 2015/2016 season

The Fringe Festival, now in its 19th season, is a collaboration between the Schools of Music and Theatre and the Opera Institute.  Its mission is to produce new or rarely performed significant works in the opera and theater repertoire, bringing performers and audiences close together in unique theatrical settings. 

The Seven Deadly Sins
Composer: Kurt Weill
Librettist: Bertolt Brecht
Music Director: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Jim Petosa

Friday, October 2, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 3, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 3, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 4, 2:00pm

Lane-Comley Studio 210

In The Seven Deadly Sins, widely considered among Weill’s masterpieces, two immigrant sisters embark on a seven-year odyssey through seven vice-laden cities, as they try to earn money to build a family home in Louisiana.

Sung in English.

Vinkensport or, The Finch Opera
Composer: David T. Little
Librettist: Royce Vavrek
Music Director: Allison Voth
Stage Director: E. Loren Meeker

Friday, October 9, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 10, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 10, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 11, 2:00pm

“Vinkensport or, The Finch Opera” plays off of a Belgian folk competition over who owns the most melodious bird in the town. What seems to be a rather simple competition actually sets the stage for a journey into the minds of the competitors and their struggles with deception, loneliness and love.

Sung in English.

Così fan tutte
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist: Lorenzo Da Ponte
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: James Marvel

February 25, Thursday at 7:30
February 26, Friday at 7:30
February 27, Saturday at 7:30
February 28, Sunday at 2:00

Boston University Theater, Mainstage

This popular operatic comedy, sung in Italian with supertitles in English, pairs Mozart’s glorious music with Da Ponte’s skillful libretto.  Loosely translated as “they all do it”, fidelity is challenged in order that truth and wisdom might be gained, and the comedy of disguises juxtaposed with the power of deceit lead to an unexpected climax.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettist: Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears
  Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Tara Faircloth

April 14, Thursday at 7:30
April 15, Friday at 7:30
April 16, Saturday at 7:30
April 17, Sunday at 2:00

Boston University Theater, Mainstage

Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” conjures some of the most beautiful and ethereal music ever set to Shakespeare’s classic tale. The story interweaves the adventures of four young lovers, a roaming comedy troupe, a royal couple and their interactions in an enchanted fairy kingdom.

Sung in English with supertitles.

2015/2016 ROSTER

Tara Deieso
Maya Kherani
Ruby White

Alexandra Rodrick
Emily Spencer

Jesse Darden
John Nevergall

Jorgeandres Camargo
Joseph Hubbard
John Allen Nelson
Benjamin Taylor
Erik Van Heyningen












Other Performance Opportunities

Classes are taught with performance in mind. Musical coaching, staging and performance are crucial for experiencing and learning a variety of styles (musical, acting, movement, stage direction and musical direction) and for integrating singing with the acting and movement skills taught in our performance based classes.

Satellite Projects

From time to time our musical and directing staff find unusual opera, operetta, and/or musical theater projects to enrich the opera experience of talented people who are not cast in other venues. In the past we have done famous one acts (like Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica) and have work-shopped new works by students and faculty. TBA dates

Outreach Performances
Opportunities arise for members of the Opera Programs and Opera Institute to perform in venues that encourage new audiences or take opera to people who might otherwise not have the opportunity to hear it. Some of these performances are paid, some are not. TBA dates

Scenes Programs 
 December Scenes Semester I: December 6 and Semester II: February 28.

Ensemble participation
Ensemble participation is viewed as an important opportunity and is an integral part of our practical performance training.