March 29, 2011
Living up to its classical reputation, the Rollins Department of Music will present a student production of E. Humperdinck’s celebrated opera, Hansel & Gretel. With a short run of two performances, the production opens on Friday, April 1 and closes on Saturday, April 2 with shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Tiedtke Concert Hall. Each night will feature a different cast of music majors showcasing their talent and creating unique and magical performances.
Produced and musically directed by Assistant Professor of Music Julia Foster, this production will be conducted by Department of Music Chair John Sinclair and will feature the guest stage direction of Kevin Gray, visiting assistant professor of theatre and dance.
“This is the first time that the music department has ever produced a full-length opera, involving a complete set, costumes, lighting, orchestra, dancing and much more,” said Foster. “We are fortunate to have talented students, faculty, and volunteers in the Central Florida community to allow us to achieve such a huge undertaking. Dr. John V. Sinclair has been preparing the Rollins Orchestra to play this beautiful and fun music since the beginning of the semester, while Prof. Kevin Gray has been working dramatically with our singers. I have been coaching our singers for the past five months to help them discover their unique musicality and voice in each role, and have enjoyed watching each student develop their own character both vocally and dramatically. Volunteers from the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park have generously given their time to help prepare the costumes, while Dave Mattson and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater have created our fantastical set. Each cast and crew member has devoted many hours to work on props, costumes, and other behind-the-scene work, so all of us involved feel a huge sense of ownership in this production. My hope is that the Rollins community may enjoy the delightful music and the relatable drama in Hansel & Gretel, and will find opera to be an entertaining and relevant art form.”
The performances are free and open to the public and will be presented in English translation. For more information, visit www.rollins.edu/music or call 407-646-2233.
By Justin Braun (Class of 2011MBA)
Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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