Timeless classics are guaranteed to be entertaining at Lone Star College-Kingwood’s annual Summer Opera Workshop Aug. 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nathaniel Center in Kingwood.
The workshop, which started in 1996, is a high quality, professionally run endeavor that has a great reputation among serious fans of opera in the Houston area. This year’s performances will highlight the talents of 40 skilled singers who comprise of LSC-Kingwood students, university and graduate-level students as well as community members.
“The opera workshop is a training program for singers to either immerse themselves in opera for the first time or to receive advance training, depending on their levels. This is done through actual participation in a fully staged, costumed opera,” Todd Miller, professor of Music at LSC-Kingwood said.
Performances will feature Robert Ward’s “The Crucible” and Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld,” two works with quite a different take on the ideas of Heaven and Hell.
“The Crucible” followed the Shakespearian-like tragedy of Arthur Miller and created a work that takes society deep into the psyche of 17th century of Massachusetts with its strong Puritan values and outsized fear of the devil. Despite the tragic nature of this work, which is based on real events, there is redemption which is won through the strength and honesty of character John Procter. The opera is full of stresses that still exist in every community such as greed, lust for power, infidelity and politics within the church.
“Orpheus in the Underworld” is a comedy full of fun music and delightful stage antics. It begins with Orpheus, a violin teacher and his, wife, Eurydice who are unhappily married. They hate each other. Orpheus is delighted when Pluto kidnaps his wife but must do as his mother, Public Opinion, demands and ask for Jupiter’s help in rescuing her. The operetta offers a zany evening of fun for all and ends with Orpheus rescuing Eurydice.
Tickets to this year’s Summer Opera Workshop, at the Nathaniel Center in Kingwood, is $15 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens; and $5 for students. The Nathaniel Center is located at 804 Russell Palmer Road. For more information on the event, call Jan Schultz at 281-312-1532 or Janet.A.Schultz@LoneStar.edu.
Register now for fall 2010 credit classes in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-591-6625. Former and current students can register online at www.LoneStar.edu/registration
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm
With more than 62,000 students in credit classes in spring 2010, and a total enrollment of nearly 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. LSCS consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit www.LoneStar.edu