Wayne State University Department of Music Opera Workshop presents Villains, Vixens and Trickery, a performance of three one-act operas as part of its 2018-2019 performance season. The production features the music of Seymour Barab and Gary D. Belshaw fused with dance, comedy and, of course, the drama of opera.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at 7:30 pm in Schaver Music Recital Hall at 480 W. Hancock in Detroit. Seating is limited. Groups are welcome, but should make arrangements prior to arrival to guarantee seating. Otherwise tickets are available at the door on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are $8/adults, $5/students.
Performances and casts:
- The Worst One Ever, a comic opera with music and libretto by Gary D. Belshaw about college students (sopranos) who complain to each other and the unverse about how their college professor, boyfriend, father are the worst one ever. Featured sopranos—Brianna Wethington, Maren Krajacic, Serafina Belltini & Letitia Girjalva.
- Chanticleer by Seymour Barab is a versions of the telling of Geofrey Chaucer’s fable from “The Canterbury Tales.” Featured performers—Serafina Belletini, Ashley Naylor, DaneCarten, Alexander Mirkovik, Denzel Donald, Joshua Pittman & Dalas Stewart.
- La Pizza con Funghi by Seymour Barab is a hilariously funny and raucous work is a parody of early 19th century opera filled with love, deceit, revenge and ultimately death. Featured performers—Daina Robinson, Stephanie Weil, Jessica Mallet, David A. Roberts & Denzel Donald.
Opera Workshop (OW) is directed by Associate Professor Frances Brockington. Professor Brockington feels that Opera Workshop fosters the development of the musically talented and provides a rich musical experience for the college and community that surrounds it.
Opera Workshop at Wayne State University nurtures gifted young singers by providing them with unparalleled experiences to grow as performers and prepare for professional careers in opera. The program is an intensive semester-long course in which artists focus on the development of core performance skills, including role study, repertoire and diction study, acting, stage movement, and musical coaching, culminating in an Opera Scenes or full-length opera performances.