October 22-23, 2010
- Two classic one-act operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini (Sung in English translation)
January 25-26, 2011
- The world premiere of the opera/oratorio The Mysteries by James McKeel (Sung in English)
May 13-14, 2011
- The student-directed production of the Tony Award - winning musical Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim (Sung in English)
Suor Angelica & Gianni Schicchi are two parts of Puccini’s famous Il Trittico which also includes Il Tabarro. Suor Angelica tells the tragic tale of a young 17th century nun torn between her life in the convent and the illegitimate son she left behind. In stark contrast the comedy Gianni Schicchi (in a modernized version) sheds light on the lengths that greedy relatives will go to in order to keep their dead patriarch’s money for themselves and out of the hands of televangelists.
Into The Woods is a musical that weaves together several of Grimm’s fairy tales to reveal not only the consequences of characters' wishes and quests, but to grapple with many of the issues (perceived good vs. perceived evil, hope vs. despair, love vs. hate, faith vs. disbelief) that pervade the sacred and secular world.
Unique among Minnesota private liberal arts colleges, the St. Olaf Music Department offers a complete Lyric Theatre Season of three fully-produced operas, operettas, or musicals in order to provide St. Olaf students with a broad spectrum of practical lyric theatre opportunities during their college careers while nurturing and guiding them as young singer-actors. The Lyric Theatre Season also provides undergraduate leadership/training opportunities for aspiring conductors, pianist-coaches, lighting operators, stage managers, and, in collaboration with St. Olaf Arts Management, general managers/arts administrators.
*For more information about the Lyric Theatre Season and Lyric Theatre Training at St. Olaf College please visit the Music Department website and click on Lyric Theatre: Opera, Operetta, and Musical Theatre.