Opera Boys at their Baddest!
They can be found lurking in the shadows, deceiving young maidens or occupying centre-stage as loud and brash patriarchs - the bad boys of opera appear in almost every opera, and this fall, Opera Workshop showcases just how bad these boys can be! Playing November 2 and 3 at 8 pm in the University Recital Hall, Bad Boys of Opera delight audiences with a sampler of opera’s greatest moments featuring boys at their baddest.
Director Dr. Blaine Hendsbee has selected repertoire that showcase the talents of his ensemble. “I’ve got a great cast of young men who can play these great male characters and I also have an exceptional ensemble of women as well. Often the male character or ‘bad boy’ of the opera creates a great foil for the heroine to play off of. We’ll see this, among many other scenarios, in the selections we’re performing,” says Hendsbee.
Scenes from Madame Butterfly, Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni are featured on the program along with other operatic offerings, such as selections from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore.
“The male characters we’re focusing on can be anything from charming, to deceiving to just plain evil!” Hendsbee explains. “We don’t really see the bad boy, per se, in Madame Butterfly, but we do see the effects that a bad boy has on the heroine, who is isolated and has become an outcast because of her man. In Susannah, we see another beautiful heroine, who has become an outcast of her village as well. The Preacher, in this opera, casts her down, and everything goes terribly wrong for her. And, in a great scene from Don Giovanni the servant, Leporello, is our featured bad boy, posing as Don Giovani. ”
Opera Workshop never fails to charm audiences; it’s an extravagant evening of operatic opulence! Tickets are available at the University Box Office, Monday – Friday 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, or call (403) 329-2616. Individual tickets are $15 regular, $10 seniors/students. Regular tickets are also available online, www.uleth.ca/tickets.
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