Three delightful comedies comprise a triple bill beginning with Paul Hindemith’s absurdist miniature, Hin und Zurück. Jacques Offenbach’s Monsieur Choufleuri, a spoof of a nineteenth century social climber and an operatic performance gone off the rails is followed by Gallantry, Douglas Moore’s satire of television’s newly created art form, the soap opera. Michael Albano directs, Sandra Horst conducts, Lighting and Set Design by Fred Perruzza.
Since its inception, the Opera Division’s student composer collective has tackled issues of historical and social significance through the creation of new opera. In Disobedience, art itself comes under scrutiny as the advocates of tradition confront progressive voices who desire a theatre which will not lecture society but rather reflect it. Michael Albano directs and Spencer Kryzanowski conducts.
We are pleased to present the Opera Division premiere of Arthur Benjamin’s opera based upon the celebrated novel by Charles Dickens, illuminating intimate, personal stories set against the the background of 18th century London and revolutionary Paris. This new production will be staged by the distinguished Canadian director and choreographer, Kelly Robinson. Sandra Horst conducts.