Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre featured at special Coe Thursday Forum

Extra: Lonnie Zingula, Associate Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8613 or lzingula@coe.edu

2014-01-07 08:27:20 - General

Founding Director Daniel Kleinknecht and members of the artistic team from Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre discuss the process of building the upcoming production of "Carmen" in a special one-day presentation at Coe College's Thursday Forum on Jan. 16.

The four-act opera premiered at Paris’ Opéra Comique in 1875, three months before its composer, Georges Bizet, died. "Carmen" is a standard in the operatic repertoire because of the familiar tunes like "Toreador Song" and "Habanera." The characters are dramatic and down to earth in a way that ushered in the style of opera known as verismo. "Carmen" was originally composed with dialogue, but just before Bizet's death, the dialogue was replaced with recitative.

Making decisions about whether to use the later recitative version or the original, casting the singing roles, designing a set, and even costuming the characters are processes that take considerable thought and creativity. This one-day forum will present an inside look at the production to be staged at the Paramount Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. Tickets are available from Orchestra Iowa at (319) 366-8203 or orchestraiowa.org.

The lecture will be held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Kleinknecht will be joined by stage director Bill Ferrara, set designer Rob Sunderman and costume designer Janie Westendorf.

The session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. The course is open to all adults and costs $12. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call Linda Givvin at (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Carmen: Assembling the Pieces to Make an Opera" - Jan. 16.
  • "A Sense of Place" - Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27.
  • "Hollywood's Vietnam War" - March 6, 13, 20, 27.
  • "Quantum Century" - April 3, 10, 17, 24.