Last summer (2016), every graduate student and senior in the opera program either worked professionally as a young artist or participated in workshops or programs for advanced training throughout the country including Opera Saratoga, Ashlawn Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Greensboro Light Opera & Song, Birmingham Music Club Opera, Red River Lyric Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, Druid City Opera Workshop, and the Russian Opera Workshop. Very soon we’ll announce this year’s successes and all of the opportunities which have been won for 2017 and beyond.
The UA Opera Theatre was pleased to welcome two renowned coach/conductors who were in residence this year. Thomas Bagwell visited in late October for a residency of coachings and Laurie Rogers returned to UA in December to prepare and conduct Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Our season began with the world premiere of FREEDOM AND FIRE! A CIVIL WAR STORY based on the events in Tuscaloosa during the final days of the Civil War, including the burning of the campus and the saving of the President’s Mansion and other structures by important historical figures. Acclaimed composer Amir Zaheri set a libretto by Robin Behn. December included our first production in decades of Menotti’s charming Amahl and the Night Visitors and we just closed Nicolai’s Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor directed by Dr. Susan Williams. We were once again delighted to collaborate with the Huxford Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Blake Richadson.
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