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The IU Opera Theater announces it's 2012-2013 season.

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Indiana University Musical Arts Center

On the heels of the final production of the year, the IU Opera Theater has put forward the slate of operas ahead for next year. Professor Vincent Liotta is the Chair of Opera Studies at the Jacobs School of music, and he previewed the season in the WFIU Studios.

We have a season that is mostly about male characters, I guess as it turns out; although that wasn’t the theme of the season when we chose it.

Liotta explained how  IU Opera Theater tries to maintain a balance when choosing a season.

We try and balance audience interest – things that will be appealing to our audiences, be new for our audiences, be exciting for our audiences – and the academic need of wanting to make sure that the students have an opportunity to perform in a variety of languages, in a variety of styles.

The difficult task can take two, three, or more years in the process. And during that period there are other considerations being made.

We try to have some lighter weight works. We try and have some classic works. We try and have some challenging works.

In the challenging column, the season includes the first Philip Glass opera production the IU Opera Theater has even undertaken, Akhnaten. The opera is the third in Glass’ biographical operas which also include Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, loosely based on the life of Mohandas K. Ghandi. Akhntaen is based on the life of the Egyptian 14th century BCE  pharaoh who is widely regarded as the first major monarch to espouse a monotheistic belief.

It is written in a style that, if you know the music of Philip Glass, will sound very typical. If you don’t know Philip Glass, it’s a style, even as a minimalist, that I think is completely unique. Much different than John Adams for example. It’s a much sparer style. Much more direct in some ways, although the subject matter sounds indirect.

Throughout the upcoming season, Professor Liotta will be providing WFIU with in-depth synopses and background information on each of the six productions.

IU Opera Theater 2012-2013

  • “Don Giovanni” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Sept. 14-15, 21-22
  • “The Merry Widow” by Franz Lehar (new production)
    7 p.m. Oct. 18; 8 p.m. Oct. 19-20; 2 p.m. Oct. 21
  • “Cendrillon (Cinderella)” by Jules Massenet
    7 p.m. Nov. 8; 8 p.m. Nov. 9-10; 2 p.m. Nov. 11
  • “Xerxes” by George Frideric Handel (new production)
    Feb. 1-2, 8-9
  • “Akhnaten” by Philip Glass (new production)
    Feb. 22-23, March 1-2
  • “Falstaff” by Giuseppe Verdi
    April 5-6, 12-13



David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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