Conducting & Ensembles
Eastman Opera Theatre
Steven Daigle & Benton Hess, Directors
Eastman Opera Theatre presents three productions each year. All productions are double-cast; auditions are open to all voice majors, after consultation with the studio teacher. Many Eastman singers enter the operatic profession as a natural extension of their experience in school. Recent productions at the School include Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Così fan tutte, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore,Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, Albert Herring, and Turn of the Screw,Mecham’s Tartuffe, Conrad Susa’s Transformations, Handel’s Xerxes, Rossini’sIl Turco in Italia, Sondheim’s Passion and Sweeney Todd, Bock’s She Loves Me, and Puccini’s La Bohème.
Two Opera Scenes Programs are presented to the public at the end of each semester. All students from the opera performance classes participate in these scenes programs. Studio productions are presented at the end of the spring semester. Productions have included: Signor Deluso, Goblin Market,The Telephone, A Hand of Bridge, The Stoned Guest, The Cradle Will Rock, La Voix Humaine, Le Portrait de Manon, and Phi-Phi! Some outreach productions are presented to area public schools.