Frost Opera Theater Opens 2013–2014 Season with “Britten and Beyond in Great Britain”

October 31, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — The University of Miami Frost School of Music proudly announces the 2013-2014 season of the Frost Opera Theater under the direction of Program Director and Associate Professor Alan Johnson will open November 14 with a celebration of opera scenes by Benjamin Britten entitled Britten and Beyond in Great Britain. The season concludes in mid April with a staged production of the opera Jackie O by composer Michael Daugherty and librettist Wayne Koestenbaum.

Frost Opera Theater productions are presented on the UM Coral Gables campus, either in Clarke Recital Hall at the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, 5501 San Amaro Drive or in UM Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, unless otherwise noted. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 3:00 p.m. Visit http://www.music.miami.edu/concerts or call 305-284-2400 to reserve tickets, which begin at $15.

Britten and Beyond in Great Britain will be presented by Frost Opera Theater on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the worldwide 2013 Benjamin Britten Centennial festivities. Scenes from Britten’s operatic legacy will include Billy Budd, The Rape of Lucretia, The Turn of the Screw, Paul Bunyan, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream. Stage directors include Lee Soroko and Chris O’Connor from the University of Miami Department of Theater Arts, as well as Tony Boutté and Robynn Redmon from the Frost School of Music Department of Vocal Performance. Music direction is by Frost Opera Theater Program Director Alan Johnson.

Also presented the weekend of November 14 is the Seventh Annual Wall to Wall Opera For All Festival offered in Nancy Green Hall. Opera Theater class projects take center stage with performances from the Freshman/Sophomore class and the Junior/Senior class at 12 and 1 pm. The morning begins with a lively educational program for children and parents at 10 and 11 am. A special pre-Wall to Wall event takes place on Friday, November 15, 2:30 – 4:30 in Clarke Hall: Opera Today and Tomorrow - a panel discussion with guests Laura Lee Everett - Artistic Services Director of Opera America, Ben Krywosz - Stage Director of Frost Opera Theater’s spring production of Jackie O, and Karen Henson – Frost Musicology Faculty. Free admission, see website for details.

On Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. the Frost Opera Theater returns for a seventh year to Fort Lauderdale for a performance under the stars at the beautiful Bonnet House Museum and Gardens as part of its Young Artist Music Series. To reserve tickets visit http://www.bonnethouse.org.

On Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. vocal students and faculty host a Frost Opera Theater benefit concert entitled Frost Opera Theater Goes Gala Again! Presented in the beautiful UM Gusman Concert Hall, art and entertainment combine for a unique evening of operatic revelry. Performances by students, faculty and special guests are featured, plus unexpected surprises!

The season concludes with a staged production of the recent opera Jackie O by Michael Daugherty and Wayne Koestenbaum. There are three performances on Friday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. All performances are in UM Gusman Concert Hall.

Opera and American musical theater come together in this 1997 pop operatic collage in which the private and public life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis encounters Maria Callas, Liz Taylor, Ari Onassis, Grace Kelly, and Andy Warhol. Jackie O is an opera in two acts in which events are based on history, but are largely imaginary or metaphorical. American composer Michael Daugherty (2011 Grammy Award winner for Best Classical Composition – Metropolis Symphony) and librettist Wayne Koestenbaum (author of The Queen's Throat: Opera, Homosexuality and the Mystery of Desire and Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon) capture the mystery, tragedy and glamour of an American icon.

All artists, schedules, times and locations are subject to change without notice. Please refer to http://www.music.miami.edu for the most current event information.

About the Frost Opera Theater

Frost Opera Theater recognizes that today’s opera world is vibrant, eclectic, and ever changing—offering tomorrow’s opera singer multiple career choices of tradition and innovation.

Under the supervision of music director Alan Johnson, the Frost Opera Theater’s performance activities reflect the broad range of programming in the twenty-first century, from Baroque opera to the most progressive works of our time. Recent projects have included Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), The Beggar’s Opera (Gay/arr. Britten), Così fan tutte (Mozart), L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), The Merry Widow (Lehár), L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel), Albert Herring (Britten), and the Florida premieres of Strawberry Fields (Torke) and Ballymore, Part One: Winners (Wargo).

Frost Opera Theater was recognized by Classical Singer magazine (“Acting and Dancing for Singers,” September 2009) for its efforts to address the needs of today’s emerging opera singers. Frost Opera Theater performed excerpts from Libby Larsen’s Frankenstein: the Modern Prometheus in New York City under the auspices of the Center for Contemporary Opera in February 2011.

About Frost School of Music

The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded. With over 700 students and 100 faculty, it is one of the largest and best music schools located in a private university in the U.S., and one of the most comprehensive in all of higher education. The naming gift from Dr. Phillip and Patricia Frost in 2003 was one of the historic highlights in the life of the School.

The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.

The Frost School has pioneered new curricula and was the first in the nation to offer professionally accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Business and Music Engineering Technology, was among the first to offer degrees in Music Therapy, and Studio Music and Jazz. Renowned for its Instrumental Performance programs, it is the home of the Frost Chamber Orchestra, Frost Symphony Orchestra, and Frost Concert Jazz Band and is a leader in vocal training with the Frost Opera Theater, Frost Chorale and other notable choirs.

Frost is the exclusive home of the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum which fully integrates performance, music history, ear training, music history and composition through chamber music and skills ensembles; the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings; the Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series which brings free music master classes and lectures to the community; and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting.

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