Each year, the MSU Opera presents a fully staged performance with orchestra of classic or contemporary works. Performances have included Kurt Weill's Street Scenes, Menotti's The Consul, Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Robert Aldridge's Elmer Gantry (East Coast premiere), Donizetti's Il giovedi grasso (Carnival Thursday), João Macdowell's Tamanduá (The Anteater); Mozart’ La finta giardiniera (The Pretend Garden Girl); Rossini’s La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder); Britten's Albert Herring. Rossini's La cambiale di matrimonio (The Marriage Contract), Poulenc's Dialogues of the Carmelites and Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
Students in Opera Workshop perform scenes from operas and one act works that show the range of talent in MSU's vocal program. Recent performances have presented scenes from operas by many composers including Bernstein, Bizet, Handel, Puccini, Gilbert and Sullivan, Britten, Strauss, Humperdinck, Mascagni, Menotti, Ravel and Massenet. This auditioned ensemble is open to vocalists in all concentrations, not just performance majors.
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