Monday October 31, 2005

Talking About Opera

"Talk Opera" performance to combine song of opera with format of daytime and late-night talk shows.

Most people associate singing, rather than talking, with opera. However, the University of Dayton's upcoming Opera Workshop, dubbed "Talk Opera," will combine the song of opera with the talk of daytime and late-night shows. The performance will be held at 8 p.m. both Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12, in the Kennedy Union Boll Theatre on UD's campus. 

Students will perform opera scenes from Bizet's Carmen, Rossini's Cinderella, Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea, Strauss' Die Fledermaus (The Bat), Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers, and Purcell's Indian Queen.

The scenes will be presented using a talk show format during the "Sh'asea Jones Show," modeled after daytime talk shows, and "Lately with Benny Ripperton," modeled after late-night shows. The performance will include audience members asking questions of opera "stars," "stupid opera singer tricks" and a list of the Top 10 reasons to be an opera singer.

Wind in the Woods — an ensemble that plays medieval, renaissance and baroque music — also will perform. 

Both performances are free, and donations will be collected for Dayton Habitat for Humanity.

Opera Workshop is a UD music course designed for singer-actors to study performance techniques through operatic literature.

For more information, contact Opera Workshop co-directors Lee Hoffman at
(937) 229-4971 or or John Wesley Wright, artist-in-residence, at (937) 229-3931 or