NSU Opera Workshop performs the Elixir of Love
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NSU Opera Workshop performs the Elixir of Love

Published 4/12/18

Jalen Porter

TNE Writer

NSU’s Opera Workshop serves as a program that develops performance skills for the emerging singer-actor. They perform various scenes in the fall semester and a full production in the spring. This semester, Opera Workshop is performing Gaetano Donizetti's comic opera, “The Elixir of Love.”

In spring 2017, the group performed Stephen Sondheim's musical “A Little Night Music.This semester, their performance of “The Elixir of Love” is in an English translation so the audience understands what is going on without reading subtitles.

“I have directed and designed the show, and the director of the NSU Wind Ensemble, Dr. James Adams, has organized the orchestra,” said Whitney Myers, assistant professor of music. “The orchestra consists of students from NSU and surrounding areas.”

The cast of the opera is comprised mostly of NSU students, though there are community members performing in the chorus.  At the end of the fall semester, Opera Workshop holds auditions for the show.  The auditions are open to any NSU student that is interested in being in the production and auditions are open to community members that want to get involved. Once the auditions are completed, Myers makes a decision and posts a cast list.  The students have Christmas break to learn the music and when spring semester starts, they begin music rehearsals. The cast for spring 2018 includes Lindsey Richmond, senior, and Caleb Cline, senior, Dr. Robert Daniel, music associate professor, Myklind Reyes-Sosi, sophomore, and LeRoicia Penney. 

“I have friend who is a part of the Opera Workshop,” said Madison Boyd, Chelsea senior. Even though I’m not interested in opera, I will support him.”

The students have been working on staging and figuring out who their characters are. The idea for this production is to present the opera in a modern setting.  The set is a patio of a house in the Hamptons followed by scenes at a farmer's market.  The story is about a boy who loves a girl that he thinks does not love him back.  He buys a magic elixir to make women fall in love with him and the story progresses from there.

“I love all kinds of music and I heard a few things about the Opera Workshop,” said Emma Warnock, Fort Smith sophomore. “I’m busy a lot of times, but I will try to attend and bring my friends because they like to learn about new things.”

The performances are at 7 p.m., Friday April 20 and Saturday April 21 at the Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 general admission and $6 for students.

For more information, visit the department of music’s website at nsumusic.com or email Myers at myersw@nsuok.edu.

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