UToledo School of Visual and Performing Arts

UT Opera to present Menotti’s “The Medium” Nov. 9 & 10

After nearly 20 years, UT will perform its first full opera—Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium”—November 9 and 10 in the UT Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre. The performance, called “Murder, Mayhem and The Medium,” will open with several macabre opera classics, followed by a brief intermission and then “The Medium” in its entirety. The whole performance will last about 90 minutes.

Assistant professor of voice and director of the UT Opera program, Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini says the production is a collaborative effort between the UT Departments of Music and Theatre & Film. Associate professor of theatre, Cornel Gabara, will direct the performance. Gabara is also directing the Toledo Symphony production of “Soldier’s Tale,” and he also directed the Symphony’s 2011 Carnegie production of “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.”

Dr. Bernardini says she is thrilled that the production is taking place. “In more recent years the UT Opera ensemble has performed only selections from operas. Since we announced that we were doing a full opera, enrollment in UT Opera has tripled.”

She adds that much thought went into the decision to perform “The Medium.” “I wanted something that was very accessible to the audience, something fun that even people who are new to opera would enjoy. And something that would showcase the talents of our graduate students.”

“The Medium” is the story of crafty and often cruel medium who finds herself questioning her line of work when one of séances goes awry and a mysterious experience leads her from suspicion to paranoia and ultimately, to tragedy.

Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the UT Center for Performing Arts Studio Theatre. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

There is no charge for admission to these performances; a $10 donation per ticket is requested but not required. Tickets are available at the door, but since seating is very limited, it is suggested that they be reserved in in advance by calling the UT Department of Music at 419.530.2448.

Save the Date! The UT Opera will present its inaugural Holiday Opera Gala, Sunday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Doermann Theater in University Hall. (main campus)

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