University Opera presents Cherubini’s powerful Medea
The cast and crew of University Opera are thrilled to be presenting a rarely performed,
intensely dramatic work for their fall production: Medea, by Luigi Cherubini. Sung in Italian with English surtitles by Christine Seitz, the work will receive three performances-Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be presented at the Carol Rennebohm Auditorium in Music Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
“Medea is an extraordinarily unique opera,” says director William Farlow. “It simultaneously looks back to operas by Gluck and reaches forward in time to the tragic operas of the 19th century.” Admired by Beethoven, Brahms, Weber, Schumann and Wagner, Cherubini’s masterpiece is musically mature and vocally demanding. University Opera will present Medea in the style of Bollywood, using visually stunning costumes and lights to underscore the rich drama and mystique of the tragic Greek tale. With multiple exceptional casts, this production is well worth taking in more than once.
Farlow’s casts include
undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Music, supported by the UW Chamber Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Andrew Sewell. Most roles are multiple cast for this opera.
The title role of the sorceress Medea is shared by Cassie Glaeser (November 9 and 13) and Shannon Prickett (November 11). Alex Gmeinder (November 9) Aldo Perrelli (November 11) and Daniel Lopez (November 13) are triple cast as Jason, leader of the Argonauts. Glauce, daughter of King Creon, will be sung by Ariana Douglas at all three performances. Bethany Hickman will perform the role of Neris, Medea’s servant, both Friday and Tuesday, with Amy Sheffer singing in the Sunday matinee. James Held and Erik Larson will share the role of Creon, King of Corinth. Lydia Eiche will perform as the First Handmaiden, with Anna Whiteway singing as the Second Handmaiden. Lastly, the Captain of the Guard will be sung by William Ottow. The UW Madrigal Singers under the direction of Bruce Gladstone provide the chorus.
Production staff includes costume designers Sydney Krieger and Hyewon Park, technical director/set designer Greg Silver, lighting designer Steven M. Peterson, scenic artist/set designer Liz Rathke, guest vocal coach Rick Cordova and guest chorus master Bruce Gladstone. This production is made possible by a generous gift from two friends of Opera Props in memory of Cherubini, Beethoven’s favorite composer.
Tickets are $22.00 for the general public, $18.00 for senior citizens and $10.00 for UW-Madison students, available in advance through the Campus Arts Ticketing office at (608) 265-ARTS and online at music.wisc.edu. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Vilas Hall Box Office, Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Because shows often sell out, advance purchase is recommended. If unsold tickets remain, they may be purchased at the door beginning one hour before the performance. The Carol Rennebohm Auditorium is located in Music Hall, at the foot of Bascom Hill on Park Street.
In an effort to help patrons find parking on campus, the Campus Arts Ticketing office is offering prepaid parking permits for a guaranteed parking spot on the evenings of ticketed UW arts events for $5. Preorder your permit online at http://arts.wisc.edu/map (5 days or more in advance; $1 handling fee) or call (608) 265-ARTS (3 days or more in advance; $1 handling fee).
University Opera is a cultural service of the School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Its mission is to promote professional training and practical performing experience for student singers, conductors and pianists and, when possible, provide opportunities for student designers, actors and dancers. For more information, please contact Olivia Ferguson at email@example.com or (313) 570-1362, or visit the School of Music’s web site at music.wisc.edu.