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Opera

About opera at PLU

PLU Opera explores stage production of chamber opera and opera scenes. Members participate in all facets of production, including set and costume design, staging and performance. There are two productions per school year- a fully staged opera with orchestra and a scenes show with piano accompaniment (in alternating semesters). The full productions are planned in a three year cycle that includes early music, standard repertoire, and 20th/21st century.

Recent productions have included Monteverdi’s L’OrfeoDie Fledermaus, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Handel’s Semele, Weill’s Street Scene, Britten’s Albert Herring, Handel’s Alcina, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, and a world premiere production of Fiery Jade- Cai Yan by Gregory Youtz and Zhang Er.

PLU Opera also offers a Summer Opera Workshop every in which students engage in acting and singing masterclasses.  The workshop culminates in the performance of a full production with piano and a scenes performance.

 

About the directors

Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

January 25-27, 2018 at 7:30pm; January-28, 2018 at 3pm

Location: Eastvold Auditorium, Karen Hille Phillips Performing Arts Center

A masterpiece of the baroque era, Dido and Aeneas recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas. A powerful Sorceress conspires to destroy them. Performed in English with chamber orchestra.

Dr. Jim Brown, Conductor and Stage Director

General Admission $17 / Seniors (60+), military, alumni $10 / PLU community, students and 18 & under $5. Tickets available through the PLU Concierge Desk (253-535-7411). Tickets can also be purchased online via the following links.

2018: Dido and Aeneas, by Purcell

Previous opera performances

2016: Fiery Jade - Cai Yan, by Youtz (world premier)

2015: Alcina, by Handel

Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015
Students performing Handel's 'Alcina' 2015