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.
Ferdinand the Bull
Mechem: Tartuffe – Dorine/Marianne Duet (No More, Pale Moon)
Rossini: Duetto buffo di due gatti
Menotti: The Old Maid and the Thief – Opening Scene
Massenet: Werther – Va! Laisse couler mes larmes
Gounod: Faust – Act 3, Scene 1
Madeline Anderson, Kenara Brown, Hannah White, Stephanie Slagle
Offenbach: Tales of Hoffmann – Barcarolle
Verdi: La forza del destino – Solenne in quest’ora
Don Carlo di Vargas
UCF Opera Director