Coral Gables (September 09, 2011) — The Frost Opera Theater at the University of Miami presents a new season of diverse and compelling opera productions.
The season begins at Festival Miami on October 11th at 8:00 p.m. in UM Gusman Concert Hall with excerpts from “The Mighty Casey” by William Schuman, based on the popular baseball-themed poem, Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer. Presented in collaboration with the Frost School of Music Choral Studies program, the work will feature vocal soloists from the Frost Opera Theater performing with the Frost Symphonic Choir, Jeffrey Stern, conducting. In addition, Florida Marlin’s radio announcer Dave Van Horne will appear as narrator and recently appointed Frost voice faculty member Carlos Conde will perform the role of the umpire. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Festival Miami at (305) 284-4940, or visit www.festivalmiami.com or www.music.miami.edu/concerts.
In November, Frost Opera Theater offers “Visions of Orpheus,” a collage of opera, theater, and visual art. Performances take place on November 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and on November 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Clarke Recital Hall in the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance. Orpheus—the mythological poet and musician—had the power to influence the forces of nature, life, and death with his music. “Visions of Orpheus” draws from four-hundred years of operatic repertoire representing work by Monteverdi, Gluck, Milhaud, Glass, and others. Free admission, ticket required. To order tickets, visit www.music.miami.edu/concerts.
Frost Opera Theater will also host its fourth annual Wall to Wall Opera for All Festival on November 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at various locations throughout the Frost School of Music. Free admission. Highlights include indoor and outdoor opera and song performances, “Arias on the Hour,” poetry readings, film and opera screenings, and much more for all ages. “Visions of Orpheus” anchors the Festival.
In the spring, performers from the Frost Opera Theater will be featured on the “Bonnet House Museum and Gardens Young Artists Series” on January 26, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (954) 563-5393 ext. 124 or visit www.bonnethouse.org/exhbits&events
Closing the Frost Opera Theater season is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” which will be presented in UM Gusman Concert Hall from April 19th – 21st at 7:30 p.m., plus a matinee performance on April 22 at 3:00 p.m. Mozart’s glorious music takes center stage in this timeless satirical masterpiece which pits master against servant and wife against husband. The production, presented in collaboration with the Frost Symphony Orchestra and the UM School of Architecture, will be performed in Italian with English subtitles. To reserve tickets, call 305-284-2400 or order online at www.music.miami.edu/concerts. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors.
For more information about the Frost Opera Theater or its season, visit www.music.miami.edu.
The Frost School of Music, one of two schools created in 1926 when the University of Miami was founded, is one of the largest and most relevant music schools 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. Building on its foundation as a Conservatory of Music, 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. The Frost School was also among the first to offer degrees in Studio Music and Jazz, Music Therapy, and Accompanying and Chamber Music. In addition, the Frost School was the first in a major university to develop a student-run label, ‘Cane Records, and a publishing company, Category Five. The School’s innovative programs, combined with its traditional areas of concentration, offer its students one of the widest choices of career programs of any music school in the nation. The Frost School continues to lead, having recently established the Frost Experiential Music Curriculum and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program. It is also the home of the Henry Mancini Institute. music.miami.edu.
The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. www.miami.edu.
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