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2011-2012

Season

Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company

Celebrating years

excellence!

of opera music theater

Bass School of Music

Oklahoma City University


future!

our past is our

On April 4, 1930, Oklahoma City University presented its first operetta: Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. It must have gone well. Inspired by this early success, every few years, with great effort, another show was performed. As our talent pool and audiences grew over the next two decades, the university established the Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company. In 1951, a tradition began that we proudly celebrate today: 60 years of consecutive productions of operas and musicals, including international tours, world premieres and performances of 150 different shows. No other university can claim a longer history of fully staged seasons of opera and musical theater productions. We are proud to have educated so many students who have gone on to become professionals in the field: singers, orchestra musicians, conductors, music directors, composers, lighting and set designers, costumers and tour managers. Our graduates have reached the top of their profession, performing in the great opera houses of the world and in music theater venues from Broadway to Bayreuth and beyond. They have become teachers, passing on knowledge of what they learned on this campus and along the way. Few schools can claim this level of professional success among their alumni: winners of Tony Awards, Emmys, Grammys, Critics Outer Circle Awards, Metropolitan Opera awards, and many more. We look to you -- our audience, our patrons – in gratitude for your support of this treasure, this incubator of the arts and creativity, that we have nurtured in Oklahoma. You have sustained our efforts with scholarships and sponsorships. You have encouraged our students by your attendance and your applause. We hope you find this 60th season to be among one of our best. Help us sustain and build upon this excellence by subscribing to the season, sharing our story with your friends, and ensuring our future by your continued support. With thanks,

Mark Parker, Dean Ann Hundley Hoover Chair Wanda L. Bass School of Music


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Oklahoma City University Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company

60 Consecutive Seasons

1951-1990

1951-2011

1951-52: The Medium (Menotti), The Telephone (Menotti) 1952-53: The Lantern Marriage (Offenbach), The Telephone (Menotti) 1953-54: Elijah (Mendelssohn), Sunday Excursion (Wilder) 1954-55: Amal & the Night Visitors (Menotti), The Telephone (Menotti) 1955-56: The Chocolate Soldier (O. Straus), Sunday Excursion (Wilder) 1956-57: Prodigal Son (Britten), The Merry Widow (Lehar) 1957-58: The Unmusical Impresario (Davis), Amal & the Night Visitors (Menotti) 1958-59: I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), Amal & the Night Visitors (Menotti), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) 1959-60: Brigadoon (Lerner & Loewe), The Otherwise Man (Vangrove) 1960-61: Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), The Red Mill (Herbert), The Telephone (Menotti) 1961-62: Bye Bye Birdie (Strouse) 1962-63: Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan), 1963-64: Raiders to the Sea (Vaughn Williams) 1964-65: A Masked Ball (Verdi), The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti) 1965-66: The Three Beggars (Carder), The Crucible (Ward) 1966-67: Don Giovanni (Mozart) 1967-68: The Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach), 1968-69: The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), 1969-70: The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore) 197071: Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss) 1971-72: Ariadne Auf Naxos (R. Strauss) 1972-73: The Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach), Hänsel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), 1973-74: Madama Butterfly (Puccini), The Good Soldier Schweike (Kurka), Hänsel and Gretel (Humperdinck) 1974-75: Dialogue of the Carmelites (Poulenc), Two Gentlemen of Verona (MacDermot), Kiss Me, Kate (Porter), Hänsel and Gretel (Humperdinck) 1975-76: Godspell (Schwartz), Bittersweet (Coward), Rigoletto (Verdi), Merry Mount (Hanson), Hänsel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Man of La Mancha (Leigh) 1976-77: George M! (Cohan), Lizzie Borden (Beeson), The Roar of the Grease Paint - The Smell of the Crowd (Bricusse & Newley), Faust (Gounod), Hänsel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Suor Angelica (Puccini) 1977-78: Gypsy (Stine), Can Can (Porter), The Magic Flute (Mozart), La Traviata (Verdi), Hänsel and Gretel (Humperdinck) 1978-79: Pippin (Schwartz), La Boheme (Puccini), Hänsel and Gretel (Humperdinck), The Merry Widow (Lehar), 1979-80: Wonderful Town (Bernstein), The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore), Bye Bye Birdie (Strouse), The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan), The Elixir of Love (Donizetti) 1980-81: Rehearsal (York), Rosina (Shield), The Barber of Seville (Rossini), The Three Penny Opera (Weill), Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan) 1981-82: Carmen (Bizet), HMS Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan), Medea (Luke, World Premiere), Naughty Marietta(Herbert) 1982-83: On the Town (Bernstein), Grease (Casey), The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan), Susanna’s Secret (Wolfe-Ferrari) 1983-84: Susannah (Floyd), Purlie (Geld), No No Nanette (Youmans), Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), The Tales of Hoffman (Offenbach), 1984-85: Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), Little Mary Sunshine (Bersoyan) , Destry Rides Again (Rome), The Crucible (Ward), Madama Butterfly (Puccini), 1985-86: Carnival (Heusen), The Fantasticks (Schmidt & Jones), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), The Magic Flute (Mozart), 1986-87: Dido & Aneas (Purcell), Annie Get Your Gun (Berlin), The Roar of the Grease Paint - The Smell of the Crowd (Bricusse & Newley), The Medium (Menotti) 1987-88: Manon (Massenet), On Your Toes (Rodgers and Hammerstein), Brownstone (Larson & Rubins), The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), La Traviata (Verdi), 1988-89: The Desert Song (Romberg), The Barber of Seville (Rossini), Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Faust (Gounod), 1989-90: A Little Night Music (Sondheim), Werther (Massenet), Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein), La Boheme (Puccini), The Fantasticks (Schmidt & Jones - Singapore tour)


Oklahoma City University Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company

60 Consecutive Seasons 1951-2011

1990-2011

1990-91: HMS Pinafore (Gilbert & Sullivan), West Side Story (Bernstein), The Boyfriend (Wilson, Asian tour), Hänsel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini 1991-92: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Sondheim), Kiss Me, Kate (Porter), Faust (Gounod), Carmen (Bizet), 1992-93: Guys and Dolls (Loesser), Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), The Elixir of Love (Donizetti), Candide (Bernstein) 199394: Most Happy Fella (Loesser), Oklahoma! (Rodgers & Hammerstein, Singapore/Malaysia tour), Albert Herring (Britten), The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan) 1994-95: La Perichol (Offenbach), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai), Mrs. Bullfrog (Luke, world premiere), Drowne’s Wooden Image (Luke, world premiere), The Music Man (Willson) 1995-96: Anything Goes (Porter), Mrs. Bullfrog (Luke, world premiere), Drowne’s Wodden Image (Luke, world premiere), Amelia Goes to the Ball (Menotti), La Bohème (Puccini), Once Upon a Mattress (Mary Rodgers)1996-97: La Boheme (Puccini), Once Upon a Mattress (Mary Rodgers), Brigadoon (Lerner & Loewe), Candide (Bernstein) 1997-98: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Loesser), Baby (Maltby & Shire), My One and Only (Gershwin) 1998-99: Carnival (Merrill), Cendrillon (Massenet), The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan), L’Amico Fritz (Mascagni), Don Pasquale (Donizetti), 1999-2000: My Fair Lady (Lerner & Loewe), Strike A Match (Alexander & Knight, world premiere), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Kismet (Forest & Wright), The Apple Tree (Bock & Harnick), Streetscene (Weill) 2000-01: Sweeney Todd (Sondheim), Of Thee I Sing (Gershwin), La Rondine (Puccini), La Traviata (Verdi), The Telephone (Menotti), The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), I Can’t Stand Wagner (Barab), Game of Chance (Barab) 2001-02: Night of the Comets (Alexander & Knight, world premiere), Bye Bye Birdie (Strouse), Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), The King and I (Rodgers & Hammerstein), The Impresario (Mozart), Passion (Sondheim) 2002-03: Kiss Me, Kate (Porter), Susannah (Floyd), Oklahoma! (Rodgers & Hammerstein), Cosi fan tutte (Mozart), Falstaff (Verdi), The Elixir of Love (Donizetti), L’Heure Espagnole (Ravel), 2003-04: The Tender Land (Copeland), West Side Story (Bernstein), Suor Angelica (Puccini) ,The Fantasticks (Schmidt & Jones), The Merry Widow (Lehar), Working (Schwartz), Secret Garden (Simon & Norman) 2004-05: The Magic Flute (Mozart), Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert & Sullivan) ,The Medium (Menotti), Hänsel and Gretel (Humperdinck), Man of La Mancha (Leigh), Songs for a New World (Brown), Seussical the Musical (Flaherty & Ahrens) 2005-06: Parade (Brown), Urban Cowboy: The Musical (Latham), The Music Man (Willson), Guys and Dolls (Loesser), La Sonnambula (Bellini), 2006-07: La Boheme (Puccini), Lucky Stiff (Flaherty & Ahrens), The Boor (Argento), Signor Deluso (Pasatieri), Oil City Symphony (Craver, Hardwick & Monk), A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams) 2007-08: Most Happy Fella (Loesser), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nicolai), La Rondine (Puccini), Little Women (Howland), Le Ville (Puccini), Hotel Casablanca (Pasatieri) 2008-09: Urinetown (Hollman), The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore), Footloose (Pitchford & Snow), A Little Night Music (Sondheim), Too Many Sopranos (Penhorwood), Assassins (Sondheim) 2009-10: The Consul (Menotti), Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss),Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tesori, Morri & Scanlan), Bat Boy (O’Keefe, Farley & Flemming), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Kiss Me, Kate (Porter), Children of Eden (Schwartz), 2010-11: The Light in the Piazza (Guettel & Lucas), Smile (Hamlish), La Traviata (Verdi), The Wedding Singer (Sklar & Beguelin), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), The Opera Rehearsal (Lortzing)


September 23-25, 2011

60

Jesus Christ Superstar Mainstage Musical

Tim Rice/Andrew Lloyd Weber (1971) Director: Karen Coe Miller Music Director: Matthew Mailman Choreographer: Tiffany Warford

This Gospel-inspired, rock-flavored musical is celebrating its 40th anniversary year, recounting the final week in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot.

Performances: Tickets: $12-25 Kirkpatrick Auditorium 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25

Opening Night Dinner: 6:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 Tickets: $20 Bass Music Center Atrium

Pre-Show Director’s Talk Free Burg Theater 7:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25


October 28-30, 2011

60

Little Shop of Horrors

Spotlight Musical

Howard Ashman/Alan Menken (1982) Director: David Herendeen Music Director: Brian Osborne

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies is from the songwriting team of Ashman and Menken, who went on to pen Disney classics The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin.

Performances: Tickets: $10 Burg Theater 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30


November 18-20, 2011

60

The Elixir of Love

(L’elisir d’amore) Mainstage Opera

Felice Romani/Gaetano Donizetti (1832) In Italian with English supertitles Director: Karen Coe Miller Music Director: Jan McDaniel

One of opera’s most popular comedies tells of a magic potion and a love triangle involving a likeable bumpkin, a dashing sergeant and the bewitching town flirt. With effervescent Italian melodies and bel canto vocal fireworks.

Performances: Tickets: $12-25 Kirkpatrick Auditorium 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20

Opening Night Dinner: 6:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 Tickets: $20 Bass Music Center Atrium

Pre-Show Director’s Talk Free Burg Theater 7:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20


February 24-26, 2012

60

The Tales of Hoffmann

(Les contes d’Hoffmann) Mainstage Opera

Jules Barbier/Jacques Offenbach (1881) In French, with English supertitles Director: David Herendeen Music Director: Jan McDaniel

The title character, inspired by the real-life German poet E.T.A. Hoffmann, stars in three fanciful stories of failed love in one of the grandest and most expressive of all 19th-century French operas, combining emotional depth and musical brilliance.

Performances: Tickets: $12-25 Kirkpatrick Auditorium 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26

Opening Night Dinner:

6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 Tickets: $20 Bass Music Center Atrium

Pre-Show Director’s Talk Free Burg Theater 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26


March 9-11, 2012

60

The Mother ofSpotlight Us All Opera

Gertrude Stein/Virgil Thomson (1947) Director: Karen Coe Miller Music Director: Charles Koslowske

Inspired by the life of Susan B. Anthony, this American chamber opera brings together fictional and non-fictional characters from U.S. history. The New York Times called the work “one of the most entertaining and yet most pertinent operas composed in our century… a masterpiece whose full value has probably yet to be realized.”

Performances: Tickets: $10 Burg Theater 8 p.m. Friday, March 9 8 p.m. Saturday, March 10 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11


April 20-22, 2012

60

Sweeney Todd Mainstage Musical

Hugh Wheeler/Stephen Sondheim (1979) Director: David Herendeen Music Director: Matthew Mailman

A musical tale of the dark side of love, madness and revenge. The original Broadway production won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical; the 2007 movie adaptation won Golden Globe awards for best picture and best actor for title character Johnny Depp.

Performances: Tickets: $12-25 Kirkpatrick Auditorium 8 p.m. Friday, April 20 8 p.m. Saturday, April 21 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22

Opening Night Dinner: 6:15 p.m. Friday, April 20 Tickets: $20 Bass Music Center Atrium

Pre-Show Director’s Talk Free Burg Theater 7:15 p.m. Friday, April 20 7:15 p.m. Saturday, April 21 2:15 p.m. Sunday, April 22


SEASON TICKETS Up to 25% Savings

SERIES A: 4 Mainstage productions

season price

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Individual tickets go on sale -‐ September 1

Front orchestra: Rear orchestra/Front balcony Rear balcony

SERIES B: 2 Mainstage musicals season price

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Front orchestra: Rear orchestra/Front balcony Rear balcony

SERIES C: 2 Mainstage operas season price

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SPOTLIGHT PRODUCTIONS season price

Burg Theater

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Celebrate Opening Nights Dinner & Show

Join us in the Atrium of the Bass Music Center for opening night dinners:

September 23

Jesus Christ Superstar

November 18

The Elixir of Love

February 24

The Tales of Hoffmann

April 20

Sweeney Todd 6:15 p.m. Friday dinners ($20)

Reservations required: 405.208.5227 hosted by Dean Mark Parker and David Herendeen These galas feature musical entertainment by Bass School students.


MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS

Each season, OCU’s Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company presents two opera and two music theater productions featuring lush orchestrations, dazzling costumes, and professional lighting and sets. Mainstage performances are in the historic Kirkpatrick Auditorium.

SPOTLIGHT PRODUCTIONS

One opera and one music theater production each season is presented with intimate staging and piano accompaniment, in Burg Theater. This year’s Spotlight Series shows are Little Shop of Horrors and The Mother of Us All.

SHOWTIMES Friday and Saturday: 8 p.m.

Sunday matinees: 3 p.m.

DIRECTOR’S TALK

Director talks are presented in the Burg Theater 45 minutes prior to mainstage productions. Friday and Saturday: 7:15 p.m.

Sunday matinee: 2:15 p.m.

Buy your tickets online www.okcu.edu/ticketoffice

or call 405.208.5227

Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company

Kristin Chenoweth (BM ‘91, MM ‘93) and Brad Holt ‘91


Celebrate

the 60th season in style

with one of our brand new VIP ticket packages. VIP TICKET PACKAGE A Friday Opening Nights

4 Mainstage productions 2 Spotlight productions 4 Mainstage opening night dinners 4 Mainstage intermission receptions 1 Gala opening evening post-performance reception Return tickets you can’t use for a tax deduction 2 guest tickets to bring friends to a production of your choice $300 per person $500 per couple

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Saturday or Sunday 4 Mainstage productions 2 Spotlight productions Return tickets you can’t use for a tax deduction 2 guest tickets to bring friends to a production of your choice $150 per person $250 per couple

Select VIP packages on order form or call 405.208.5700


Become a Donor of the Bass School of Music Purchase a VIP ticket package or a season ticket package and lend additional support to our performance season at one of these levels:

$ 500 Patron

Featured Recognition in season program 2 Guest tickets to bring friends to a production of your choice

$1,000 Sustaining Member

includes all of the above, plus: 1 Parking pass for 6 opera/music theater performances 4 Guest tickets to bring friends to a production of your choice 2 General admission tickets to Christmas Vespers Concert (early arrival suggested to guarantee seating)

$2,500 Benefactor

includes all of the above, plus: 6 Guest tickets to bring friends to a production of your choice 2 Tickets to Distinguished Artist Series

$5,000 Show Sponsor

includes all of the above, plus: Concierge Service (One call personal assistance for tickets, ticket delivery/exchange, guest services) Listing on title page of production program as show sponsor 10 Guest tickets to bring friends to a production of your choice 2 Reserved Seats to Christmas Vespers Concert

$10,000 Season Sponsor

includes all of the above, plus: Sponsor announcement from the stage Listing on title page of all programs as season sponsor 25 Flex tickets (for any Bass School production) 4 reserved seats to Christmas Vespers Concert 2011 Christmas Vespers CD

$25,000 Grand Season Sponsor

includes all of the above, plus: Sponsor for entire Bass School Performance Series (Opera Musical Theater, Distinguished Artist, Faculty Artist, Wind Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra, Choirs.) Music performance at your home or business

To become a donor call 405-208-5700


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Oklahoma Opera & Music Theater Company's 2011–2012 Season