Villains and Victims: Mozart meets Sondheim
Date: 8:00pm PST November 22, 2013 Location: Evans Hall
Vocal students of the George V. Bishop Opera Workshop will present Mozart’s version of the “Marriage of Figaro” that is being staged in the theatre two weeks earlier as the original Beaumarchais play. The marriage of Figaro actually is the marriage of Susanna who, determined not to be a victim of the Count’s lecherous intentions, plots her own plan for revenge with the help of Figaro, the Countess and friends. All the familiar duets and solos will be sung by LC students. In the second half of the concert, there will be selections from musicals that also deal with the subject of villains, victims, and the possibility of victory of right over wrong. Solos and duets from Sondheim’s “Marry Me a Little”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Into the Woods”, plus other songs will be shared. This event is FREE to Lewis & Clark students, $5 for Lewis & Clark Faculty/Alumni & Seniors and $10 for the general community.
The Opera Theatre Workshop program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the George V. Bishop Fund for musical performance, established in memory of the late George V. Bishop who was a member of the Music Department faculty at Lewis & Clark College for 26 years, beginning in l946. Bishop, a professional tenor, taught voice and was the founder of the Madrigals Choral Group that sang Renaissance music throughout the Portland area and beyond. He believed that opera should be acted as well as sung and founded the Opera Workshop. Known for his zest for life, gifted teaching, and love of young people, he was popular among students and faculty until his retirement in l972.