In a chaotic bar full of people looking for love, eligible bachelors and romance, everyone was scrambling to find their next successful date. The operetta, a short opera with a humorous theme and light dialogue, documented the anxieties of single people looking for love while also providing entertainment through opera singing, acting and clarinet and piano playing. Daters of various ages came together in fiveminute intervals and shared their stories in hopes of landing a second date. One of the bachelors, played by sophomore music education major Joseph Rippert, leaned in for an unsolicited kiss before being rejected, a scene which shed light on the discomfort of dating culture. Things got interesting when another bachelor character, played by Union County College student Jason Muldowney, ran into his ex, who was played by Courtney Woods, a senior music education major. This encounter added tension to the plot, which was portrayed through the pair angrily belting their lines in high-pitched tones.
Unique Opera Comes To The Ward
The opera will be held at p. Friday and Saturday and 3 p. Sunday in Daniel Recital Hall, E. Main St. All of the characters have very eccentric personalities that will get some laughs from audiences.
Mezzo sopranos Jamie Lowe, from left, and Kara Smoot look for “Mr. Right” as part of the ensemble cast of “Speed Dating Tonight,” the season.
Stage Director David Carl Toulson relishes the process of taking a show from the score to the stage, leaving his mark on the grandest of art forms. Toulson managed to imbue his staging with a vivid depiction of a community gripped by fear, hate and distrust…The Crucible is the finest offering to date of The Miami Music Festival…Those who care about opera as a living art form should not miss this opportunity to see this gripping work.
Toulson performed the role of set designer, creating a simple but beautiful production which highlighted the lives of the bohemians as they struggled through life and love. Toulson has also worked extremely successfully with young singers and has received critical acclaim for his direction of outreach programs in companies such as Tulsa Opera, Connecticut Opera, Central City Opera, Virginia Opera and FBN Productions. David Toulson.
David Toulson Stage Director David Carl Toulson relishes the process of taking a show from the score to the stage, leaving his mark on the grandest of art forms.
The opera was first commissioned by the Janiec Opera of the Brevard Music Center and premiered in the year It can have up to 45 singers or more and is adaptable for various types of voices and gender ratios. The show was performed in Roma Ristorante Italiano at the Ward Hotel, which made the experience seem all the more real to the audience.
The Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre invaded Iowa Public Radio! Singers from the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s “Speed Dating Tonight! The CROT’s cast features Nicole Besa, Rebecca Buechel, Lincoln Ginsberg, Ian.
For those like myself looking for an introduction to opera, this production is a perfect fit. Characters in the production are designed to be relatable and recognizable to anyone dating in the age of speed dates and online romance. Premiering in , the piece has been composed in such a way that makes it highly adaptable. The libretto, written by Ching himself, differs on the amount of performers for the piece. It also allows for variation in gender roles, voice types and performance length.
Michael Ching was originally born from Honolulu, but hails mainly from New Orleans.
REVIEW: Converse Opera Theatre Goes ‘Speed Dating’
The shows will run Thursday, Nov. This contemporary comic opera explores how one finds love in the modern world. The story follows a group of strangers who gather at a small coffee house for a speed dating event. The audience will meet all sorts of quirky characters including an origami artist, a budding country singer, a cat lover and a woman who is certain she has been abducted by aliens.
Speed Dating: Tonight! features a cast of And, if the word opera “scares” you, Linville said this is the perfect show to see. “It is not the.
Darian Johannsen , Sports Editor October 9, Darian Johannsen. This modern opera is about different perspectives during a night of speed dating. Crannell liked this specific opera for his students because of the way the opera is composed and put together. The opera originally consisted of 30 short songs, but then the new opera company will ask for a new custom song then every time it is performed. Crannell mentioned the composer made a song just for Austin College. He also appreciated that it is not a common performance.
When deciding on songs to perform, there was about 65 to choose from. Both him and Rivers pulled about 30 of them, giving them many options. The performers have been practicing and working hard way before school started. They received their music in the summer and were expected to have the music memorized by the time they got onto campus.
SUU Opera stages Love’s Many Tunes
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A production of the opera ran from March 8 to March 11 in the Mark A. The show, based on a concept by Dean Anthony, featured 20 lonely-hearted speed daters hoping to find a significant other. The opera did not match the usual criteria of the genre, instead running for about an hour in length and presenting each performance as different from the one before.
Church said while performing without a set-in-stone plot can be a challenging task for some actors, the cast was able to adapt to performing a piece that centers around constant evolution. Additionally, K-State Theatre puts on four second stage productions a year, which are typically directed, designed, performed and staffed entirely by students.
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Opera Ensemble to perform one-act comedy ‘Speed Dating Tonight!’
Explore Steamboat Explore-steamboat. The production, written by Michael Ching and first performed in , will be presented by Emerald City Opera for the second year in Steamboat, but with new material commissioned exclusively to reflect life in a Colorado mountain town. On Saturday, the audience will be part of the show — sitting next to singing speed daters and served drinks by serenading waiters.
This hilarious one-act opera, featuring our Gate City Bank Young Artists, introduces you to a cast of interesting characters: the liar, the cheat, the drama.
Now in it’s seventh year, this program is the first of its kind in the region, bringing groups of young professionals to Fargo from mid-January through April of each year. Coaching in standard operatic repertoire. Each Young Artist will be expected to learn at least one major role in its entirety. Career training seminars include audition techniques, vocal wellness, marketing, diction and acting. Covers of leading roles in mainstage production as appropriate. Consideration for comprimario roles in mainstage production.
Amarillo Opera: Speed Dating Tonight
Composer of some 15 operas to date, and with more underway, Ching comes to opera from the administration side. We discovered Mr. In looking at his work list, however, we discovered some other interesting works, the most popular of which has been his highly customizable Speed Dating Tonight! Michael Ching.
“I chose Speed Dating Tonight! because it is very modern and relevant–the text expresses As each character introduces themselves through a brief aria, we gain an HSU student Noah Sims at Opera Workshop rehearsal.
Speed Dating Tonight! Is conceived as a show that can be easily produced by young artist training programs, colleges, and university opera programs. It can be presented in a formal theatre or black box, or performed in a bar. Because of its flexible casting requirements, it allows for maximum participation by available singers. Vocal demands of the opera are not strenuous—rather the show is an exercise in characterization.
Voice types ad lib.
Well okay, au revoir, I guess?
“Speed Dating Tonight”, presented by the Brevard Music Center. Directed by Dean Anthony, the show’s cast consists exclusively of Janiec Opera Company.
Our students are engaged in a wide range of academic pursuits that include degree programs in undergraduate and graduate fields delivered by 6 different colleges. A-State offers unlimited possibilities for students to customize their experience while on campus. Research engages intellectual curiosity, satisfies the thirst for discovery, and provides an outlet for creativity. Marking its first hundred years, Arkansas State University continues to expand in exciting ways.
It is one of the first operas to feature flexible casting. Even the order of the show is open to transformation.