Judson to host first Midwest Opera production
Judson University in Elgin will host the Midwest Opera Theatre's first opera production Aug. 31.
Judson's Demoss Center for Worship in the Performing Arts will host the performance at 7 p.m. in the Thulin Auditorium on Judson's campus, 1151 N. State St., Elgin.
It will feature two one-act operas -- Puccini's "Suor Angelica" and Mozart's "The Impresario."
Operatic soprano Maria Kanyova, who won international critical acclaim portraying the role of "Suor Angelica" in New York City Opera's production of the namesake play, will star in this latest production. Co-stars include Hope Dedrick, Lauren Sutherland, Emily Stott, Amelia Clark and Paula Bowers.
Judson's Josh Jones and Kimberly Schmidt will star in the comedy, "The Impresario," along with Ariel Downs, Courtney Bostwick and Nick Navarre.
Kanyova is directing both operas accompanied by Midwest Opera Theater's Chamber Orchestra conducted by maestra Laurann Gilley.
Midwest Opera Theater is a mobile opera company whose mission is to perform opera where it might not otherwise be presented and give young opera singers an opportunity to perform with seasoned professionals.
"We hope the production of these two one-act operas is the first of many future collaborations," Demoss Center Director Warren Anderson said.
Ticket prices are $15 for general admission, $10 for faculty and employees, and $7 for students. For reservations, visit Midwestopera.org/shows to use credit/debit card for purchase or call (847) 628-1115 to reserve seats using cash only at the door.