University Opera celebrates Menotti
A Pulitzer Prize winning opera takes the stage in University Opera’s latest production, Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul.” Sung in English, the work will be given three performances-Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 19 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.
“The Consul,” an overwhelming story of resistance and defeat, takes place in a European country post-World War II. Immediately following its premiere in 1950, the opera was translated into at least a dozen languages and performed in more than 20 countries. John Sorel is forced to leave his wife Magda, child and mother. Magda makes multiple visits to the consul’s office to obtain a visa so they may join John. After being worn down by an implacable bureaucracy, she is left with one choice. The score contains some of Menotti’s most popular and memorable arias.
Director William Farlow is “extremely thrilled to be presenting this opera in the year of Gian Carlo Menotti’s centenary.” University Opera invites audiences to take advantage of a rare opportunity to experience this beautiful and moving work.
Farlow’s cast includes undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, supported by the UW Chamber Orchestra under the direction of James Smith. The role of Magda Sorel is shared and performed by Celeste Fraser (April 15 and April 19) and Lindsay Sessing (April 17). Michael Roemer performs John Sorel, and the mother, also a shared role, is performed by Jennifer Sams (April 15 and April 19) and Amy Sheffer (April 17). Emily Campbell is the secretary. Other cast members include Benjamin Schultz and Yohan Kim as Mr. Kofner, Arielle Basile and Kyeol Lee as the foreign woman, J. Adam Shelton as the Magician, Leslie Lukas as Vera Boronel, Karen K. Bishop as Anna Gomez, Benjamin Li as the Secret Police, and both Christopher Apfelbach and Andy Aumann as Assan.
Production staff includes costume designers Sydney Krieger and Hyewon Park, technical director Greg Silver, lighting designer Steven M. Peterson, set designer Michele Field, vocal coach Bill Lutes and chorus master Susan Goeres.
Tickets are $20.00 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/university-opera. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Wisconsin Union Theater Box Office Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 12:00–5:00 p.m. and the Vilas Hall Box Office, Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., and after 5:30 p.m. on University Theatre performance evenings. 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). The weekend of April 15 will be particularly busy, so you may wish to purchase parking permits early if you are attending opening night at University Opera.
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 visit the School of Music’s web site at music.wisc.edu.
UNIVERSITY OPERA STAFF
William Farlow, Director
Mimmi Fulmer, Associate Director
James Smith, Music Director/Conductor
Bill Lutes, Vocal Coach and Musical Preparation
Susan Goeres, Chorus Master
Benjamin Schultz, Marketing and Operations Manager
Richard Mumford, Director of Public Relations and Concert Manager, School of Music