Judson University in Elgin to Host Midwest Opera Theater’s First Opera

Judson University in Elgin to Host Midwest Opera Theater’s First Opera

The Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts will host the Midwest Opera Theatre’s first ever opera production at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Thulin Auditorium on Judson’s campus, 1151 N. State St., Elgin.

The performance will feature two one-act operas, Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” and Mozart’s “The Impresario.” Celebrated operatic soprano, Maria Kanyova, who won international critical acclaim portraying the role of “Suor Angelica” in New York City Opera’s production of “Suor Angelica” will star in this production along with Hope Dedrick, Lauren Sutherland, Emily Stott, Amelia Clark and Paula Bowers.

Judson’s own Josh Jones and Kimberly Schmidt will star in the comedy, “The Impresario,” along with Ariel Downs, Courtney Bostwick, and Nick Navarre.

The public is invited to join the Judson Community for an evening of intense emotion in the tragic tale of “Suor Angelica” contrasted with the lively wit and humor of “The Impresario.”  Both operas will be directed by Maria Kanyova and accompanied by Midwest Opera Theater’s Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestra Laurann Gilley.

Midwest Opera Theater’s mission as a mobile opera company is to perform opera where opera might not otherwise be presented and to give young opera singers an opportunity to perform with seasoned operatic professionals.

“I’m thrilled that the DWCPA is able to partner with Midwest Opera Theater and we hope the production of these two one-act operas is the first of many future collaborations,” said DCWPA’s Director Dr. Warren Anderson.

For ticket reservations, please visit Midwestopera.org/shows to use your credit/debit card for tickets. Call Dr. Robert Kania, Music Department, Chair, at 847-628-1115 to reserve your seats for tickets using cash only at the door.

SOURCE: Judson University news release

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Judson University is a fully accredited, private Christian institution representing the Church at work in higher education. Nestled along the beautiful Fox River in Elgin, just 40 miles northwest of Chicago, Judson is home to more than 1,280 students from 37 states and 20 countries.

Judson offers degrees in more than 65 different majors and minors for traditional, graduate and adult students and ranks consistently among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.