Judson College Department of Music to host concert of opera scenes Nov. 29
The students of Judson College’s Opera Workshop class will perform scenes from musical theatre, opera, and operetta on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00pm. The performance in full staging and costumes will be performed on the stage of Judson’s historic Alumnae Auditorium in Marion, Ala. A reception in Archibald Hall will follow the performance. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Sadie Goodman, Assistant Professor of Music at Judson College, is director of the 2-credit MUS 411 Opera Workshop course, which assigned and staged roles for Tuesday night’s scenes early in the Fall 2016 semester. Student sopranos Blair Carrier and Sarah Green and mezzo-soprano Ana Williams will perform in scenes from Gian-Carlo Menotti’s opera The Old Maid and the Thief, Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella, Gilbert’s and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado, and Johann Strauss’s operetta Die Fledermaus.
Dr. Bill Bugg, retired professor of voice and opera at Samford University in Birmingham, co-directed several scenes for the performance. Bugg will also perform a scene from Carlisle Floyd’s opera Susannah with Goodman, a former student. Bugg and Goodman have collaborated on various musical projects in the Birmingham area, and their duet in Marion is much anticipated. According to Goodman, Susannah is the most-performed American opera in the world, and the selected scene showcases a “powerful set of arias and duets for soprano and bass-baritone” which “highlights social issues such as domestic violence and mental illness”.
Dr. Stacey Parham, Chair of the Judson College Humanities and Fine Arts Division, will emcee the event. Accompanists are Jaye Durkin and Dr. Cindy St. Clair, Head of the Music Department. All scenes will be in English.
For more information about the event or performers, contact Sadie Goodman at 334.683.5242.