Queer Opera 2022
September 17 and 18 at 7pm - Opera Scenes
September 18 at 2pm - Songs
Lincoln Hall Studio Theater @ PSU
Sid (Oliver Schulenburg) is a teasing, amorous young lad who enjoys telling stories of how he courts the boys around town. Albert (Jeremy Sivitz) is a naïve shop worker who has lived his life under his mum's oppressive gaze. Jamie (Andrew Egbuchiem) is Sid's current love interest, and enjoys a bit of flirty double entendre. Once the three get together, it inspires Albert to muse about what could be possible if he were able to get away, with an interruption from schoolgirl Emmie (Carolyn Quick).
Susannah (Frances Bigelow) has just returned home from a church square dance still beaming with excitement. Her friend Little Bat (Katya Powder) isn’t quite so excited, since they are worried about running into Susannah’s brother Sam. They remark to the innocent Susannah about how the men were definitely taking notice of her at the dance, although she brushes off the remarks. Instead, her thoughts shift to her own life and what could be possible beyond the mountains.
The Times are Nightfall
"The Times Are Nightfall" is the queer sequel to Mozart's "Don Giovanni." In this noir-style one-act, Anna and Elvira are coping with the aftermath of the events that have transpired as a result of Don Giovanni's treachery. The opera explores themes of rape culture and grief through the lens of two women who find solace in the most unexpected place: one another. (from the composer and librettist)
Roméo et Juliette
It is the morning after their secret marriage and the young lovers are enjoying each other's intimate company. Romeo (Lisa Neher) hears the morning bird song calling her away but Juliet (Madeleine Tran) tells her to stay. Once she eventually departs, Juliet prays for the angels to protect her.
Prior to this scene, Nedda (Angelica Hesse) has been pursued by two men. Her actual lover enters, Silvio (Oliver Schulenburg), and asks her to run away with him. She hesitates and he believes it is because she does not truly love him. Eventually she relents, agreeing to flee with him and the two confirm their love to one another.
Through a chance encounter, the chevalière Des Grieux (Carolyn Quick) meets Manon (Taylor Hulett), becomming immediately smitten. Instead of their respective journeys - Manon's to a convent and Des Griuex's back home - they decide to go to Paris, together.
Rodolfo and Marcello reflect on their loneliness before Colline and Schaunard bring a meager meal. To lighten their spirits, the four stage a dance before Masetto bursts in with news that Mimì is outside. As Rodolfo runs to her aid, Masetto relates how Mimì begged to be taken to Rodolfo to die. Left alone, the couple recalls their first happy meeting, but she is seized with violent coughing. When the others return, Musetta gives Mimì a muff to warm her hands but it is not enough.
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Morning Opens by Jennifer Higdon
sung by Madeleine Tran
Prayer by Leslie Adams
sung by Andrew Egbuchiem
Sonnet: I Know My Mind by Margaret Bonds
sung by Carolyn Quick
From the Ashes She Became by Melissa Dunphy
sung by Lisa Neher
Heavenly Grass by Paul Bowles
sung by Wyatt Jackson
Open-Mouthed Gemini by Penrose M. Allphin
sung by Jessie Bodell
Seascape by Benjamin Britten
sung by Jeremy Sivitz
Lift Me Into Heaven Slowly by Libby Larsen
sung by Angelica Hesse
Silhouette by Leonard Bernstein
sung by Maeve Stier
At a Dinner Party by Hope Salmonson
sung by Oliver Schulenburg
Snake by Jake Heggie
sung by Taylor Hulett
Will There Really Be a Morning? by Ricky Ian Gordon
sung by Francis Bigelow
Solitaire by Rosśa Crean
sung by Katya Powder
Founder and Artistic Director
Assistant Stage Manager/Production Assistant
Intimacy and Consent Workshop Facilitator/Choreographer