The mini-opera concept: a study of short works in the opera repertory and their viability in an educational forum

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Jourdan Laine Howell (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Robert Wells

Abstract: I. Role: March 29th, and March 30th, 2014, 7:30 p.m. and April 1st, 2014, 2:00 p.m., Aycock Auditorium, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Elvira, Don Giovanni (Mozart). II. Solo Recital: April 19th, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Clan of the Lichens (Abbie Betenis), "Non disperar" and "V'adoro pupille" from Giulio Cesare (Handel), Three Irish Folksong Settings for Flute and Voice (John Corigliano), Jägerlied (Brahms), Ach Mutter, liebe Mutter (Brahms), Walpurgisnacht (Brahms), Nuit d'espagne (Jules Massenet), Guitare (Georges Bizet), Le Bachelier de Salamanque (Albert Roussel). III. Solo Recital: The Sweetness of my Dreams (Jocelyn Hagen), Canciones para niños (Xavier Montsalvatge), La regatta veneziana and Le Pesca (Giacomo Rossini), "Celle qui vient" from Thaïs (Jules Massenet), "Evening Prayer" from Hansel und Gretel (Englebert Humperdink), Wiegenlied (Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss), What if... and Jabberwocky (Lee Hoiby), If you become the moon (Kevin Helppie) IV. Lecture Recital: October 20th, 2014, 5:30 p.m. Recital Hall, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Worst One Ever (Gary Belshaw), excerpts from La Pizza del Destino (Steve Cohen), Review (Jeremy Beck). V. D.M.A. Research Project. THE MINI-OPERA CONCEPT: A STUDY OF SHORT WORKS IN THE OPERA REPERTORY AND THEIR VIABILITY ON THE EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL STAGES. The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate the merit of mini-operas as a tool for pedagogic study through the discussion of Gary Belshaw's The Worst One Ever, Steve Cohen's La pizza del Destino, and Jeremy Beck's Review. These works were chosen because they presented specific pedagogic challenges in three areas of study vital to the success of operatic stage performance: vocal technique, acting (theater arts), and operatic stage direction. In addition to their relevance for the training of university-level opera singers, these works were written in the last five decades. This is of importance for two reasons, the first being that the study and performance of these mini-operas supports the effort of composers who are currently contributing to the advancement of the repertoire. Second, students are encouraged to learn and present works that strive to develop the operatic repertoire.

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Language: English
Date: 2014
Mini-Opera, Opera
Opera $x Production and direction
Opera $x Instruction and study
Belshaw, Gary D., $d 1949- $t Worst one ever
Cohen, Steve, $d 1954- $t Pizza del destino
Beck, Jeremy, $d 1960- $t Review

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