Students Compose, Direct, Perform One-Act Operas

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April 14, 2017 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music’s Opera Workshop will present one-act operas composed by students and selections from Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra April 22-23 at Westbrook Auditorium.

Torpor was written by Chaepter Negro’19 (New Berlin, Ill.) and will be directed by Anne Ozbun ’17 (St. Cloud, Minn.). Madness Majestica is written by Richard Zola and will be directed by Sara Caligiuri ’18 (Wheaton, Ill.). Katharine Teykl ’19 (Flossmoor, Ill.) has written Voices in the Shadows, which will be directed by Jessica Shultz ’17 (Bloomington, Minn.).

Teykl’s composition, Voices in the Shadows, deals with diversity of thought and free speech on the internet. She said the storyline follows a website similar to the YouTube video channel and its creators who have had their channel taken down when the host expresses an unpopular opinion of feminism.

When Teykl started writing the piece, she was only beginning to theorize some of the events in the storyline, and wanted to explore what could potentially happen when one can’t say what he or she wants without being punished.

“Unfortunately, within the last few months, the story has been playing out in real life, with YouTubers who have had their reputations wrecked and have lost income essentially because of blatantly obvious jokes and political differences from the norm,” she said.  

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Robert Mangialardi will direct the Mavra selections, and Andrew Voelker serves as music director and pianist.

Performances, which are free and open to the public, will be performed in succession April 22 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.

By Reilly Kasprak ’17