Opera

opera2The Georgia State University Opera Theater Workshop provides opportunities for students to learn and practice skills related to operatic performance from the standard repertoire and contemporary works, culminating in performances of operatic scenes and/or full productions.

2016/2017 Season

  • GSU Opera Theater Presents: Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado – November 4, 5, and 6
    Under the direction of Carroll Freeman, Valerie Adams Distinguished Professor in Opera“The MIKADO or “The Town of Titipu” was produced at London, England’s Savoy Theatre March 1885, eventually proving to be one of the most popular of all Gilbert & Sullivan works. The story is indeed an exotic concoction of Oriental aromas, but has little—to nothing—to do with Asia, or specifically Japan. Indeed Japan was bravely peering out onto the world; and exoticism was once again looming on the horizon. Despite the curiosity of Asian custom, tradition, fashion, reserve, the cost of honor, the value of life, and full-blown understated beauty, The MIKADO effectively satirizes the British…and those of any culture that might take themselves too seriously.”
  • GSU Opera Theater presents: W.A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni – April 21, 22, and 23
    directed by Carroll Freeman, Valerie Adams Distinguished Professor in OperaFilm noir is…a French term meaning ‘black film,’ inspired by cheap paperbacks written by hard-boiled crime authors…
    …a piece, which at no time misleads you into thinking there is going to be a happy ending…
    …locations that reek of the night, of shadows, of alleys, of the back doors of fancy places, and of apartment buildings with a high turnover rate…
    …women, who would just as soon kill you as love you, and vice versa…
    …a most American film genre, because no society could create a world so filled with doom, fear, and betrayal, unless it were essentially naïve and optimistic.
    Don Giovanni takes place in the course of one disastrous, shadowy evening and ends with an unrepentant murderer and rapist plummeting to Hell. A Spartan setting serves as a frightening corner of any metropolitan landscape. Women are beautiful and dark; men are darker. As much as Don Giovanni can be defined by the definition of Film noir, GSU Opera Theater’s production seems logical. Enjoy…but don’t expect a happy ending!

 

The Harrower Summer Opera Workshop is a nationally recognized three-week workshop featuring a staff of professional coaches and stage directors, culminating in a gala concert and performances of fully staged operas and opera scenes.