Features Central Oregon singers in a showcase of Songs, Scenes and Sneak Peeks including Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The November 14-15 concert involves 25 singing actors, accompanied by collaborative pianist April Lane plus guitar and drums, in musical numbers from what is coming your way in the next two years from the folks at OperaBend.
The singers hail from Madras, Redmond and Bend. The young artists performing include Una Wagner, McKennah Thornton, Karis Mahnke, Erica Givans, Kaylee McBain and Maia Denzler, all of whom attend high school in Central Oregon. Young adult artists are Nicholas Wavers, Steven Livingston and Justin Tilton.
Both of the above groups are ‘covering’ (understudying) roles as well as learning and performing in the chorus. For two weeks they are under the guidance of visiting artist and opera coach Dr. Gustavo Castro, learning the style of Mozart.
OperaBend continues to import vocal music specialists to enhance the training of young singers and the continuing education of adult singers. In the November concert they will have the opportunity to perform in their first opera scene and also in the sneak peek numbers.
In March 2015, OperaBend singers take on the fantasy roles of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The artistic vision is the marriage of Ross Halpern’s updated English translation plus a Tim Burtonesque flavor all wrapped in the genius of Mozart’s composition.
The production team is led by Stage and Vocal Director Nancy Engebretson, Music Director Jason Stein, Assistant to the Director Debra Leonard, Stage Manager Susie Hughes, Light Design Michael Nowack, Costume Mistress Meredith Nowack and Set Design and Construction Dan Glover. The opera will be conducted by Michael Gesme.
In this season of fantasy, The Magic Flute is followed by Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods playing June 5-7 at COCC’s Pinckney Center for the Arts.
A Little Light Music Songs, Scenes & Sneak Peeks
November 14 & 16. 7pm Friday, 3pm Sunday
Mozart’s The Magic Flute in a New English Translation
March 13 & 15, 2015. 7pm Friday, 3pm Sunday.