WSU Opera Workshop
Scenes from two famous 19th century operas will be presented. The first opera scenes will come from Act One of The Elixir of Love by Gaetano Donizetti. The opera takes place in a village in Basque country. Young girls and harvesters are resting on Adina’s farm while she reads the story of Tristan and Isolde. Nemorino, a young suitor who lacks the courage to approach Adina, must admire her from a far. When the dashing sergeant Belcore enters the picture, things get interesting. Adina will be sung by Hanae Holmes, a sophomore music education major. Competing for her affections will be Nathan Straub, a junior vocal performance major, as Nemorino, and Belcore, sung by Rodrigo Cortes, a graduate student in vocal performance. They are joined by twelve ensemble members, consisting of music majors, minors and non-majors from across campus. The next scenes will come from Georges Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen, set in Spain in the early 1800’s. The main character, Carmen, is a gypsy who has a tendency to fall madly in love and often. In a quintet from the second act, Carmen is waiting at a Spanish inn for her latest love, Don Jose while her friends, Frasquita and Mercedes, along with two smugglers Dancairo and Remendado, are planning their next expedition. Later in the opera the smugglers are camped out in the mountains. The women consult their cards to foretell the future and Carmen realizes what fate has in store for her. The leads are sung by voice majors Lindsey Smith, Anjuli Dodhia, Nathan Sansburn and graduate students Amanda Vander Woude and Rodrigo Cortes. The ensemble members represent the band of smugglers. The Opera Workshop scenes are open to the public and without charge.