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Welcome to the University of Toledo Opera Ensemble home page! Below are the productions we will present this season. If you would like join the UT Opera Ensemble, please contact our director, Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini to arrange an audition.
UT Opera Ensemble 2013-2014 Season
The Tender Land
Composer - Aaron Copland
Librettist - Horace Everett
- Friday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, November 24 at 3 p.m.
Location: Doermann Theatre - University Hall (Main Campus)
ABOUT THE TENDER LAND
INFO and SYNOPSIS by Christopher Hapka
"The Tender Land was commissioned from Copland by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Copland's second opera is a much more mature work than the earlier The Second Hurricane. Written for young singers, the work contains some of the best music of Copland's mature years, and deserves a greater place in the repertory. A number of recent recordings will hopefully help to raise its status among twentieth century opera. The closing chorus of Act 1, "The promise of living," is often excerpted and sung by choruses.
After the premiere production, Copland revised the work extensively, in the process changing it from two to three acts. This 1955 version is the one commonly performed today."
Beth, a young girl, is playing with her doll, Daniel, in front of her family's farmhouse. The mailman, Mr. Splinters, brings a package for her mother. It is Beth's older sister Laurie's graduation dress; the next day she will become the first in their family to graduate from high school. Ma Moss invites Splinters to the graduation party that night; Splinters tells her that two strange men have been seen in the neighborhood, and that they have raped two of the local girls. Laurie comes in; she wonders that her childhood has passed so fast; she feels like she has outgrown her home town. She is angry that her mother, and especially her grandfather, try to control her life.
Two drifters, Martin and Top, enter; they meet Laurie, and convince her grandfather, against his better judgement, to hire them to help with the harvest. Laurie invites them to her party, and Top asks Martin to get Grandpa drunk there so he can get acquainted with Laurie.
At the party, Grandpa makes a toast to Laurie; while the guests dance, Top begins to get Grandpa drunk. Ma Moss, still suspicious, sends Mr. Splinters for the sheriff. Martin dances with Laurie; the two of them, smitten with each other, go off alone to the porch; their kiss is interrupted by Grandpa, and Ma Moss accuses the boys of being the men who attacked the other local girls; just as she does, though, Splinters returns, saying the sheriff has already caught those men, who have confessed. Grandpa tells Martin and Top to leave by morning.
That night, Martin and Laurie meet secretly outside. They agree that Laurie will come with Martin when he leaves, but after she leaves Martin begins to have second thoughts; when Top arrives, he convinces Martin that Laurie couldn't come with them; they depart. Laurie, coming out and finding them gone, decides to leave anyway rather than staying for her graduation. Ma Moss, left alone with Beth, turns her attention to her younger daughter; as the curtain falls, she goes back into the house and Beth is left playing in the road as at the beginning of the opera.
The Old Maid and the Thief
Composer & Librettist - Gian Carlo Menotti
- Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Originally created as a radio opera, "The Old Maid and the Thief" from Italian composer
Gian Carlo Menotti, will be performed as an "opera within an opera."
The performance opens in the context of the fictionalized "NBC Radio Hour" sponsored by Buick. A narrator accompanied by the Buick Belles sets the stage for Menotti's comedic opera.
"The Old Maid and the Thief" finds two women--an old maid and a young one--vying for the attentions of a man suspected of being an escaped convict. Both women go to absurd lengths to win his heart, while keeping gossiping neighbors at bay.
"The Old Maid and the Thief" is performed by the University of Toledo Opera Ensemble.
Location: Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall (Main Campus)