Kent State University offers a light and refreshing opera scenes program Nov. 15-17

Kent, OH — The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and Kent State Opera present “Operetta: The Land of Smiles, Pirates and Pinafores” on Nov. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on Nov. 17

Marla Berg will direct a selection of operettas exploring the lighter side of opera. The first half of the production will feature scenes by Jacques Offenbach, Sigmond Romberg and Franz Lehár, including “The Merry Widow,” “The New Moon” and “Orpheus in the Underworld.” The second half will be a collection of scenes from shows by dramatist-composer duo Gilbert and Sullivan, including “Pirates of Penzance,” “The Mikado,” “The Gondoliers” and “Ruddigore.” 

“Our first production of the 2019-20 academic year will take the audience through a world of romance, frivolity and reverie,” said Marla Berg, Director of Kent State Opera. “Earlier this year, we explored the realities of the Great Depression with Copland’s ‘The Tender Land.’ So with this production, I wanted both the student performers and audience to experience a different facet of opera.” 

Jay White and Marcus Dana join Berg as Music Director and Technical Director, respectively. Vicky Tong is the collaborative pianist. The production will also be assisted by graduate voice students Benjamin Hayes, tenor; Natalie Butchko, mezzo-soprano; and Zachary Fitzgerald, tenor. School of Music alumnus Charles Austin Piper (MM ’19) also returns for this production. 

All performances will be held in Wright-Curtis Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Dr. on the Kent Campus. Parking is free. 

Tickets are $8-$15 and free for 18s and under. They can be ordered through the Performing Arts Box Office by calling 330-672-2787, by visiting the Roe Green Lobby at 1325 Theatre Drive or online at E-tickets are available. 

About the School of Music

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University (Kent, OH) is one of the most distinguished schools of music in the Midwest. For over 100 years, the School of Music has nurtured the next generation of music educators, performing artists and scholars. We offer some of the most comprehensive and innovative degree programs in the country, with an emphasis on experiential learning, quality scholarship and immersive technical training. Students enrolled in our programs can expect a warm and supportive environment where fostering professional growth and personal development is a priority. Our graduates have gone on to have successful careers in music education, music performance, scholarly research, higher education and administration.

During the summer, the School of Music hosts the Kent Blossom Music Festival in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center. The festival is regarded as one of the premier centers for professional music training for young artists in the United States. Now entering its 52nd season in 2020, the festival continues its now half-century legacy of helping to launch the careers of young artists, with alumni holding positions of prominence in many of the world’s finest orchestras, chamber ensembles and educational institutions.


Contact for media:

Andrew Paa — Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, 330-672-0894

POSTED: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 12:36pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 7, 2019 - 12:52pm