2013-14 Simpson Opera Season


Fall Double Bill:

October 11, 12, 13, Lekberg Hall. Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Britten’s Curlew River: Two deeply moving pieces by two twentieth-century masters. These stunning works are unified in their ecclesiastical setting, and redemption achieved after the deaths of children, making for an unforgettable, transcendent experience in the theater.

Suor Angelica is about a woman who enters a convent after having a child out of wedlock. The baby was taken from her, and when she learns that he has died, she commits suicide to meet him in paradise. All female cast (14 parts for women).

Curlew River is about a madwoman (tenor) who is searching for her missing child. She learns he died after being kidnapped. Stricken by grief, she prays at his grave. After hearing the voice of the deceased child she is cured of her madness. All male cast (16 parts for men).

Musical direction will be by Bernard McDonald, stage direction by Bruce Brown, set and lighting design by Alan C. Edwards.


February 28, March 1, 2, Pote Theater. Street Scene by Kurt Weill will be the inspiration for and culmination of a campus-wide festival addressing immigration, racism, diversity, and discrimination. Set around a tenement block of immigrant families in New York City, Street Scene portrays the life of its working class inhabitants, and centers on a budding but doomed romance, and an extramarital affair that ends in tragedy. (32 named parts).

We are delighted to announce that this major production will be directed by Mo Zhou. Ms. Zhou, from Nanjing, China, is based in New York City and has garnered acclaim for her work in both theater and opera. Street Scene will be conducted by Bernard McDonald and designed by Steven J. McLean.

Ticket sales begin February 7, 2014.