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‘Cendrillon’ Opera Charms with Quips, Fantasy

‘Cendrillon’ Opera Charms with Quips, Fantasy

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
March 10, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Theater & Film

Editor’s note: This article contains spoilers. With its production of Cendrillon, Oberlin Opera Theater invites audiences to join them in a world of fantasy, romance and stories that live beyond their pages. In this interpretation of the classic fairytale Cinderella, a score by Jules Massenet and a F...

Cast Gives Haunting Performance of “Dido and Aeneas”

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

With the sunset illuminating the stained glass windows of a packed Fairchild Chapel Saturday night, the stage for Dido and Aeneas seemed far removed from the rest of campus life. The opera’s overture, which showcased the baroque instruments used in the performance, immediately transported the audi...

Okoye Returns to Oberlin with Harriet Tubman Opera

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
February 12, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

At the end of the opera Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom, performed last Saturday in Finney Chapel, the audience rose in a standing ovation. Over the course of an hour, the show’s 10-member cast and chorus told the story of Tubman’s life, from her childhood of slavery to her w...

Field Crafts Sensitive Production of ‘Lucretia’

Field Crafts Sensitive Production of ‘Lucretia’

Louise Edwards, Arts Editor
November 20, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music, Recent Stories

Editor’s Note: This article discusses sexual violence and suicide. At the end of the opera The Rape of Lucretia, which the Oberlin Opera Theater and the Contemporary Music Ensemble presented on Nov. 11, 13, 14 and 15, the Female Chorus kneels by Lucretia’s side and mourns her death; Lucretia h...

Feature Photo: La finta giardiniera

Feature Photo: La finta giardiniera

Danny Evans, Arts Editor
March 13, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

Conservatory senior Rosie Kearin as Sandrina and an unidentified rabbit gesture toward a captivated audience. The Oberlin Opera Theater delivered a rendition of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera La finta giardiniera Wednesday night. Showgoers received the performance positively, guffawing at its char...

Conservatory To Honor Iconic German Composer

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
October 31, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

A cast of Conservatory voice majors will present their long-awaited fall opera, Street Scene, by famous German composer Kurt Weill, next week as part of a series of events called Weill Week. The week will also include a film screening, academic talks about Weill and an orchestral performance of Weill...

Love and Loss in Three Tongues: LeFebvre’s Performance Wows Crowd in Warner

Daniel Hautzinger, Staff Writer
February 7, 2014
Filed under ARTS, Music

English, German, Italian, gibberish: Associate Professor of Singing Timothy LeFebvre can do them all. In a diverse Jan. 31 recital in Warner Concert Hall, with Professor of Instrumental Accompanying James Howsmon on piano, LeFebvre demonstrated his facility with all these languages, as well as his impressive...

Opera Laughs at Itself in Too Many Sopranos

Logan Buckley
February 8, 2013
Filed under ARTS, Music

Too Many Sopranos is a playful, comedic romp skewering classic tropes of opera. The show, directed by Sally Stunkel and musically directed by Daniel Michalak, focuses on the four eponymous sopranos: the melodramatic Dame Doleful (double-degree fifth-year Nikki Levesque), the catty Miss Titmouse (Conservatory...

Talented Cast Conquers Updated Mozart Opera La Clemenza di Tito

Meghan Farnsworth
March 18, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Music

Darkness surrounded Hall Auditorium as a head bopped into view in the middle of the orchestra pit. The head belonged to guest conductor Niels Muus, who established a commanding yet amiable persona from the very beginning of the overture. Right after the orchestra finished, the curtain lifted and luminescent,...

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