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‘Our Town’ brings dramatic opera to Harlen Adams theater

Megan Schwartz and Valdis Birznieks on top of a ladder singing to one another during the

Alex Coba

January 28, 2019

“Our Town: An Opera in Three Acts” is the latest show to come to the Harlen Adams Theatre. Based on the play by Thornton Wilder, this production of the classic play utilized the dramatic art of opera singing to bring the story to life. The show tells the story of an American small town called...

‘Candide’ delivers opera full of laughs and heart

Candide (Valdis Birznick) singing during a musical number. Photo credit: Alex Coba

Alex Coba

September 24, 2018

The accessibility of comedy and the sophistication of opera came together seamlessly at the Department of Music and Theater's fall opera production of “Candide: An Absurd Musical Comedy”.Candide is one of those weird plays that you think,“this can’t possibly good.” Going int...

Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” brings opera back to Chico performances

Tamino (Mickensie Layson) kneels in fear of the Queen of the Night (Kaila Davidson). Photo credit: Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson

February 18, 2018

After 12 years, Chico State had its first opera comeback with performances of "The Magic Flute" this weekend. The opera, a fantasy comedy-drama composed by Mozart, was performed in Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center. It ran with two performances on Friday and Saturday each at...

Celebrating Gwen Curatilo through opera

Former Chico State opera workshop director, Gwen Curatilo. Photo credit: Carin Dorghalli

Carin Dorghalli

September 21, 2016

Past students flew in from all over the world to help put together an opera gala to celebrate their former Chico State opera workshop director, Gwen Curatilo. Among the stars featured were Jeanette Blakeney and Zachary Gordin. Funds raised from the concert will be used to offset costs of the department...

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