Queens College Opera Studio

The Queens College Opera Studio, directed by David Ronis and Bruce Norris, has now twice been recognized with national awards. Its 2009 and 2011 productions of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Argento’s Postcard From Morocco won first and third place, respectively, in the National Opera Association Opera Production Competition. Opera Studio gives students the opportunity to perform complete operas and scenes from the standard operatic repertory.  Performance assignments for each semester are tailored to students’ individual needs in order to encourage maximum development of musical and dramatic skills.  In addition to weekly private musical coachings, students also participate in group sessions devoted to acting and movement techniques.  The 2011- 2012 academic year features productions of two double-bills: Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Debussy’s La Damoiselle Élue and faculty member Bruce Saylor’s My Kinsman, Major Molineux and The Image Maker, the latter a world premiere. Other recent productions include The Magic Flute, Le Nozze di Figaro, Dido and Aeneas, The Tender Land, Hansel and Gretel, Bruce Saylor’s Orpheus Descending, and an abridged version of Dialogues of the Carmelites. Scenes programs focus on standard repertoire and have included excerpts from La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Enfuhrung aus dem Serail, L’Elisir d’Amore, Arabella, Der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni, Manon, Cendrillon, I Capuletti ed i Montecchi, Le Nozze di Figaro, Werther, Semiramide, L’Italiana in Algeri and Der Freischütz.

Admission to Opera Studio is by audition.

The Marriage of Figaro: Discovery of Cherubino in chair.

The Marriage of Figaro: Act II Finale.

Dido and Aeneas: Sorceress and Witches.

Dido and Aeneas: Final tableau.

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