Ghost Stories

         SAVITRI

                 by Gustav Holst

THE MEDIUM

             by Gian Carlo Menotti

 

Leland Kimball, Stage Director

Benjamin Smolder, Conductor

Lisa Hasson, Vocal Coach

Rob Holland, Lighting Design

Isaac Ramsey, Set Design

 

Gates-Abbeglan Theater

March 1, 2, & 3, 2018

7:30pm

Tickets $10 Student; $15 Adult

Season Sponsor: The William E. Schmidt Foundation

 

Gustav Holst's chamber opera Savitri is based on an poem from the Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Savitri is visited by Death who comes to claim the soul of her husband.  Savitri charms Death and tricks him into returning the life of her husband.  Holst's lyrical scores is set for two chamber quartets and a wordless female chorus to symbolize the bridge between the world of the living and the dead.  Savitri was the first English chamber opera to be composed since the end of the seventeenth century.

 

 

The Medium tells the story of the abusive Baba and her children. To support her family and her drinking habit, Baba deceives grieving parents by pretending to convene with their dead children. During a séance, she feels the cold hand of death clutch her throat.  She repents for her crime and vows to give up convening with the dead, but the dead continue to speak to her driving her to the brink of insanity and abuse. The evil unleashed in her séance  threatens to destroy Baba and her family in a tragedy of Greek proportions.  The Medium features some of Menotti's most haunting and memorable music written for the theater. 

Miami Opera Theater

 

Miami Opera is an important part of the rich and diverse musical experiences that Miami University has to offer.  Miami music majors have the opportunity to assume leadership positions in every part of production.  Opera Auditions and sponsored events are open to all of the student body.

Contact Information:

 

Benjamin Smolder, Director

109 Presser Hall

501 South Patterson Avenue

Oxford, OH 45056

Telephone (513) 529-3079

Fax  (513) 529-3027