On Saturday night, students from the D’Angelo School of Music presented a collaborative concert of various operatic arias, duets and trios titled “Opera 1, 2, 3…Go!”
Under the direction of Louisa Jonason, the program featured the music of many well known operas such as “Hansel and Gretel,” “Madama Butterfly,” “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Il Trovatore.”
All of the students involved in the performance were enrolled in the music department’s yearlong opera workshop class.
Twice a week throughout the school year, students work on the development of their particular scenes in class as their peers observe and offer constructive criticism.
Students must have advanced musical ability and acquire effective characterization to successfully communicate with their audience the intent of the story, making it believable.
For the students, this concert was the product of a year of hard work and attention to detail in class.
Sophomore Alianna Whiteaker-Chudecke performed “The Dew Fairy Aria” from “Hansel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck and the Der Rosenkavalier trio by Johann Strauss.
Whiteaker-Chudecke says it was an amazing experience and while the singers worked hard to perform for one night, they know that it is important to know that they could be inspiring someone in the audience.
One of the difficult aspects to this piece was the variety of the works that were performed. The production took comedic and tragic operas and effectively blended them into the same concert.
Junior Brianna Steves loved the concert because she thought that “while all of the operas were very different, they were able to flow from one another creating a story.”
For the senior performers, including Andrea Baker, Megan Duane, Lynn Dula, Nathan Katus and Mary Spinelli, this concert was one of their last performances as students in the music department.
Spinelli says she “was honored to have participated in this fantastic production and that it was wonderful to be able to perform a selection from Jacques Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, as it will not be included in her senior recital next week.”
Junior Lindsey Nikithser said of the evening, “the performance was well done, the music was especially great.
Everyone performed with such emotion. You could tell how invested all the performers were in their characters.”