PHOTO: (left to right) are two stars of one of RBR’s upcoming Operas to debut at the school on May 20 and 21 at 7 pm. Jenna Smith, Little Silver and Ashleigh Dannielle Wolf, Shrewsbury star as Euridice and Orfeo in the Christoph Willibald von Cluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. A second opera, Seymour Barab’s “A Game of Chance.” will follow.
LITTLE SILVER, NJ – The vocal majors of Red Bank Regional High School’s (RBR) famed Visual & Performing Arts Academy are proud to present an operatic double feature on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, starting at 7 pm at RBR. The first show, Orfeo ed Euridice, by18th century composer Christoph Willibald von Gluck, will be performed in Italian with English subtitles. The opera also features a ballet by RBR VPA dance majors. The second show, a modern comic adaptation of Seymour Barab’s 1956 opera A Game of Chance, will be presented in English. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens, and are available at the door. Both shows will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Red Bank Regional High School is located at 101 Ridge Road, Little Silver, NJ. For more information, call 732-842-8000, extension 227.
Orfeo ed Euridice is an opera based on the Orpheus tale in Greek mythology. It is a story of love lost and a mission to retrieve it barring the gates of Hades. It is set to Ranieri de’ Calzabigi’s libretto. A Game of Chance is a whimsical tale of three knitters granted their heart’s desires by an immortal representative of the fates only to find that their wishes, in hindsight, were not what they promised to be.
Opera Director and RBR vocal teacher Kristopher Zook comments, “An Operatic performance is an ambitious project for high school singers but our singers are up to the task as we perform a tremendous cross-section of musical genres and languages over our students’ high school careers. RBR also offers an operatic repertoire that is accessible to young voices is a part of our curriculum.”
The productions are the culmination of a year-long thematic unit for the VPA students that has included participation in the NJ All State Opera Festival and the National Association of Teachers of Singing’s Doris Lenz Festival of Singing, a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as guest artists who work professionally in classical voice.
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