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Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28|
Friday, April 26 at 7PM
Saturday, April 27 at 7PM
Sunday, April 28 at 2:30PM
by W.A. Mozart
Directed by Michael Ehrman
Music direction by Jan Wagner
Set on Shenandoah Conservatory’s main proscenium stage and directed each year by a different distinguished guest artist, Main Stage Opera provides audiences with the full opera experience! The classic romantic comedy Così fan tutte follows two sisters whose devotion to their beloved fiancés is cynically put to the test by their own lovers with help from the conniving Alfonso and mischievous Despina. Mozart’s radiant score, performed by the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, is cleverly juxtaposed with one of the most bittersweet stories of deceit, fidelity and love.
Sung in Italian with English titles.
Duration: Approximately 170 minutes*
*Production duration is subject to change
MEET THE DIRECTOR
MICHAEL ERHMAN is known for his productions in the both the academic and professional worlds in a career spanning forty years. He recently retired from his position as artist-in-residence and director of opera at Northwestern University. His direction there of the fully-staged Chicago premiere of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking was honored and cited in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Classical Review “best of 2015” lists. He also received acclaim for his staging of the Chicago premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath, the double-bill of William Bolcom’s Lucrezia and John Musto’s Bastianello (also local premieres), Musto and Mark Campbell’s Later the Same Evening, and a new version of L’incoronazione di Poppea. In 2013, Ehrman was named director of the prestigious Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artist Training Program at the Central City Opera, a company where he has staged twenty-five productions. He has directed over 150 operas and musicals for professional companies including Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Greater Miami Opera. He has made a specialty of staging American opera, including nine productions of The Ballad of Baby Doe (the 40th and 50th anniversary productions at Central City), nine stagings of Floyd’s Susannah, and numerous productions of Weill’s Street Scene and Ward’s The Crucible. At Central City, he staged Barber’s Vanessa in 2005 and the premiere of Henry Mollicone’s Gabriel’s Daughter in 2003. His production of the musical Carnival at Light Opera Works was on the “ten best in Chicago” lists in 2005. Other musicals include The Sound of Music and Camelot for Tulsa Opera and the Brevard Music Center and Show Boat at the University of Kentucky.
Ehrman has balanced his professional career with teaching and directing at numerous universities, conservatories and young artist programs, including the Israeli Vocal Arts Institute, the New National Theater in Tokyo, Wolf Trap Opera and Chautauqua Opera. His has directed eight productions at Indiana University and was also guest director at Yale University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and University of Colorado-Boulder. In 2012, he made his debut at the Ravinia Festival with The Magic Flute, conducted by James Conlon and featuring Nathan Gunn as Papageno. His work with the Chicago Symphony includes Noye’s Fludde in 2006 and several educational touring shows for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Ehrman is delighted to return to Shenandoah Conservatory, where he made his university directing debut in 1989 with Così fan tutte.
Concessions will be available for cash purchase beginning one hour prior to this performance.
All facilities are wheelchair accessible. Infrared hearing system headsets are available in Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre only. Accommodations for disabilities may be arranged by contacting the Box Office at least three days prior to the performance.