MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University music students will present a program of arias and ensembles from various operas at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, in the Reynolds Recital Hall.
According to Robert Engelhart, professor of the opera theatre workshop course, the featured work will be Gary D. Belshaw’s 2010 short chamber opera, The Worst One Ever. There will also be excerpts from two Gilbert and Sullivan favorites, The Sorcerer and The Mikado.
In the Belshaw opera, the action takes place in a college dorm where three coeds are expressing frustration: Stephanie is angry at a professor; Jennifer is mad at her boyfriend; and Jessica is fed up with her father. Each of these characters feels her situation is “the worst one ever,” and tension builds to a sudden and hilarious climax.
NMU professor Nancy Redfern will accompany the selections, which are appropriate in both content and length for children. There is no admission charge and the event is open to the public.