Operas at Simpson College in 2016-17
The repertoire for the upcoming academic year will provide students with diverse opportunities to work with Simpson's faculty of seasoned opera professionals as well as exceptional guest artists.
The Fall production will be a double bill of "Venus and Adonis" by John Blow and "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell. Music direction will be by Bernard McDonald, stage direction by Crystal Manich, scenic design by Lindsay Coda, lighting design by Rick Goetz. Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center, October 7-9, 2016.
The Spring 2017 production will be "Hansel and Gretel" by Engelbert Humperdinck. Music direction by Bernard McDonald, stage direction by Bruce Brown, designers TBA. Pote Theatre, Blank Performing Arts Center, February 10-12, 2017.
Tickets for the Fall production will be available for sale beginning Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Please visit http://simpson.edu/music/opera/tickets/ for ticket and reservation information.
Why Simpson College Opera?
• Two fully-staged productions of opera or
musical theater per academic year
• Principal, supporting, and chorus roles
performed exclusively by undergraduates
• Student opera with a professional orchestra
• First-rate voice, coaching, conducting, and
• Dedicated one-on-one music preparation,
vocal, and language coaching
• Biannual May Term Opera Workshop in
musical preparation, stagecraft and career
• Visiting professional stage directors, designers,
and master teachers
• Internships and employment opportunities
with the Des Moines Metro Opera
A Student's Perspective
“As a Simpson College music student, I have had the opportunity to participate in eight operas, three regional tours, two madrigal dinners, and two European tours! In auditions and masterclasses I have already benefited from Simpson’s network of outstanding alumni, many of whom are influential in the field of professional opera.”
-THADDEUS ENNEN ’13 Bachelor of Music, voice performance major
Simpson College offers an unusual and highly distinctive undergraduate opera program with two fully-staged productions a year and a biannual May Term Opera Workshop in musical preparation, stagecraft, and career development for singers and student conductors, pianists, and stage directors.
A first-rate faculty in the areas of voice, vocal coaching, conducting, and piano allows for dedicated one-on-one musical preparation, with vocal, language, and acting coaching that is exceptional in undergraduate music education. A close, historic partnership with the Des Moines Metro Opera allows for internships and employment opportunities for music students.
The number of alumni working at the highest level as singers, artistic administrators, and educators, demonstrates that Simpson College punches far above its weight in the field.