Announcing the 2014/2015 season


2014 FALL FRINGE FESTIVAL
The Fringe Festival, now in its 18th 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. 

Later the Same Evening
Composer: John Musto
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Music Director: Allison Voth
Stage Director: Jason King Jones

Saturday, October 18, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 18, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 19, 2:00pm
Sunday, October 19, 7:30pm

Lane-Comley Studio 210

John Musto’s “Later the Same Evening” was inspired by five Edward Hopper paintings: "Room in New York," "Hotel Window," "Hotel Room," "Two on the Aisle" and "Automat." The opera explores the lives of the characters depicted in each painting while simultaneously interweaving them during the course of one evening in New York City.


La Tragédie de Carmen
Composer: Peter Brook
Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halevy  
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Jim Petosa

Saturday, October 25, 2:00pm
Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 26, 2:00pm
Sunday, October 26, 7:30pm

Peter Brook’s La Tragédie de Carmen (based on Georges Bizet’s Carmen) is the story of a doomed romance between a sensuous gypsy and Don Jose, a Spanish soldier whom she lures into her world.  The opera will be accompanied by a 14-piece on-stage chamber orchestra. La Tragédie de Carmen will be performed in French, with English supertitles.


FEBRUARY MAINSTAGE

Angels in America
Composer: Peter Eötvös
Librettist: Mari Mezei
 Based on the play by Tony Kushner
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: Jim Petosa

Sung in English

February 19, Thursday at 7:30
February 20, Friday at 7:30
February 21, Saturday at 7:30
February 22, Sunday at 2:00
Boston University Theater, Mainstage

“Angels in America”, Peter Eötvös’s opera based on the award winning Tony Kushner play, tells the story of every day human experience: relationships, love, loss, cowardice and courage set during the early stages of the AIDS pandemic in 1980’s New York City.


APRIL MAINSTAGE

Cendrillon
Composer: Jules Massenet
Librettist: Henri Caïn
Conductor: William Lumpkin
Stage Director: E. Loren Meeker

Sung in French with English supertitles

April 16, Thursday at 7:30
April 17, Friday at 7:30
April 18, Saturday at 7:30
April 19, Sunday at 2:00
Boston University Theater, Mainstage

Cendrillon is the well-known fairy tale about a young girl wronged and her ultimate redemption through her discovery of true love. Massenet's ethereal score carries the audience into a dreamlike world of enchantment. 

2014/2015 ROSTER

OPERA INSTITUTE 
Soprano:
Samina Aslam
Katrina Galka
Kelley Hollis
Elise Kennedy

Mezzo:
Kaitlin Bertenshaw
Bethany Hickman
Alexandra Rodrick

Tenor:
Jesse Darden
Christopher Trapani

Baritone/Bass:
Jorgeandres Camargo
John Allen Nelson
Benjamin Taylor

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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

InCite Festival
During Spring Break, a team of BU Music and Theatre students are showcased in New York City at an exciting festival, titled “InCite.”


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 9 and Semester II: March 3. The Semester II program will include one acts, and both theatrical and operatic scenes.

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