Take a deceitful spiritualist from New Orleans, place her in the 1940's (a decade when the city was associated with numerous activities of the supernatural), combine all this with a seance where everything goes wrong, and you have The Medium.
The Edythe Bates Old Moores Opera Center will present this opera written and composed by Gian Carlo Menotti, which stunned Broadway audiences at its premiere with a combination of mysticism, melodrama and music.
The show will be performed Feb. 20-21 at Moores Opera House.
The uniqueness of this opera is found not only in its twisted plot but in its actual production, as well.
"The whole project has been interesting for all involved because it is being directed and conducted by students," said Medium director Melanie Walsh. "The whole process is done as a class and the opera is sort of like the finished project.
"There are two casts, one for each night, and both casts are made up of undergraduate and graduate students."
Walsh and the rest of the production decided on the setting of New Orleans during World War II mainly because of its associations with voodoo and other supernatural acts of the time.
The Friday show will feature Nancy Markeloff as Baba, Laura Avery as Monica, Jacob Langfelder as Mr. Gobineau, Teri Herron as Mrs. Gobineau and Tina Rodriguez as Mrs. Nolan. Danielle Lisboa will conduct.
On Saturday, the show will star Liz Wade, Sharon Brown, James Lee Lopez, Susan Surdacki and Maria Roman, with Cliff Evans as conductor.
General admission is $10 ($5 for students). For more information, call (713) 743-3167.
This Budd's for you
The Houston Grand Opera will be presenting Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd one last time, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Brown Theater, Wortham Center. The show features ten MSM students and alums in the chorus and starring roles.
MSM vocal major Tony Martinez was misquoted in last week's Music Notes. To show that I take full responsibility, I would be glad to quote him again (the correction will be in all caps).
"The opera is about the conflict between the charismatic BILLY (not ability) and the evil Claggart. And someone dies."
Not much going on between now and next Friday, so all you music students be sure to attend that Tuesday recital at 1 p.m. in Dudley Recital Hall! Your diploma depends on it!