March 4, 2005
The 2005 Morningside College Opera Theatre production will take place Wednesday, March 16, through Friday, March 18, in Eppley Auditorium. Matinee performances for area middle schools and high schools are scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, at 9:30 a.m., and Thursday, March 17, at 1 p.m. An evening performance for the public will be held on Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m.
Morningside’s Opera Theatre performance this year will include scenes from Mozart’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas “The Mikado” and “The Pirates of Penzance,” and Sondheim and Bernstein’s Broadway musical “West Side Story.” Also included in the program will be a complete performance of “A Hand of Bridge,” a ten-minute, one-act opera by 20th century American composer Samuel Barber. All works will be performed in English.
Cost of admission for a matinee performance is $3 per student or $2 per student for groups of 100 or more. Admission for the Friday evening performance is $5 per person. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the music department at Morningside College at (712) 274-5210.
Directors for this year’s Opera Theatre include Dr. Gail Dooley, associate professor of music at Morningside, and Kate Saulsbury and Stephen Lundberg, adjunct instructors of applied voice at Morningside. Accompanist for the production will be Michele Grossman, director of the Leo Kucinski Academy of Music.
Dooley has been at Morningside since 1995. She performs regularly in both solo recitals and as a guest soloist. She has appeared with such groups as the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, the Siouxland Master Chorale, the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, the Chattanooga Opera Company, the Asheville (N.C.) Symphony Orchestra, and the Smoky Mountain Chorale.
Dooley received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a doctorate in vocal performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
Lundberg has been teaching voice at Morningside since 2003. He has performed nationally and internationally as an actor, singer, pianist, and dancer, including roles in Tour America’s “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Mr. Pickwick’s Cup of Christmas Cheer,” and Opera 101’s “Pagliacci,” and “The Crucible.” He attended Michigan State University and remains active in local and regional theatre.
Saulsbury has been teaching voice for more than 15 years. She is trained in voice and classical piano and has an extensive background in opera theatre and coach-accompanying. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and has studied at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., and at Indiana University in Bloomington. She was previously a coach-accompanist for the Indianapolis Opera.