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A Knight of Opera: Carmenella and Opera Scenes

UCF Celebrates the Arts 2021

A Knight of Opera: Carmenella and Opera Scenes

UCF Celebrates the Arts 2021

Opera students perform the children’s opera Carmenella followed by scenes from famous operas.

Opera students perform the children’s opera Carmenella with music by Georges Bizet and words by Denise Page Caraher. The stepsisters are gang members, the ball is a bullfight, the Prince is a toreador and Fairy Godmother is the Hairy Godmother. The stepsisters finally figure out that violence is a no-win proposition and everyone realizes that being yourself and trying to make a positive difference for others makes for a happy ending. The show includes rock and roll parodies – the Hairy Godmother sings Why Be That Way?, The Village People’s hit, YMCA and the bull sings George Thoroughgood’s Bad to the Bone. The second half of the program will include scenes from famous operas such as Gounod’s F<aust, Verdi’s La Forza Del Destino, Menotti’s The Old Man and the Thief, Massenet’s Werther, and more!

This event is for both kids and adults to enjoy! We recommend ages 5+ for this performance.

Patrons should plan on arriving 45 minutes early to experience Artful Moments: Creative Highlights from the School of Visual Arts and Design. Features including curated clips, interviews, photos, exhibitions, events and more will premiere before each live performance.

Program

CARMENELLA

Esmerelda
Isis Bermudez

Druscilla
Lauren Smedberg

Stepmother
Hannah White

Carmenella
Zoemar Lebron

Hairy Godmother
Mitchell Klavins

Prince Carlos}
Hunter Curry

Ferdinand the Bull
Cullen Heuman

Opera Scenes

Mechem: Tartuffe – Dorine/Marianne Duet (No More, Pale Moon)

Dorine
Jenna Toler

Marianne
Stephanie Slagle

Rossini: Duetto buffo di due gatti

Primo Gatto
Lauren Smedberg

Secondo Gatto
Madeline Anderson

Menotti: The Old Maid and the Thief – Opening Scene

Miss Todd
Kenara Brown

Miss Pinkerton
Hannah White

Laetitia
Isis Bermudez

Bob
Cullen Heuman

Massenet: Werther – Va! Laisse couler mes larmes

Charlotte
Zoemar Lebron

Gounod: Faust – Act 3, Scene 1

Marguerite
Jenna Toler

Siebe
Madeline Anderson

Sopranos (off-stage)
Madeline Anderson, Kenara Brown, Hannah White, Stephanie Slagle

Offenbach: Tales of HoffmannBarcarolle

Nicklausse
Kenara Brown

Giulietta
Stephanie Slagle

Verdi: La forza del destinoSolenne in quest’ora

Il Chirurgo
Cullen Heuman

Don Carlo di Vargas
Hunter Curry

Don Alvaro
Mitchell Klavins

Creative Team:

UCF Opera Director
Thomas Potter

Music Director/Pianist
Robin Jensen

Costuming Advisor
Dwayne Broadnax