The Luther College Opera Workshop presents fully staged opera (with orchestra) on a regular basis. As conductor of our Chamber Orchestra, it is my great honor to work together with our students as we prepare and perform masterworks of the operatic repertoire.
Since 1998 we have presented several of Mozart’s greatest operas, including The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute. In spring 2006 I conducted Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor (Dr. David Judisch, director). Donizetti’s Elixir of Love was presented in spring 1998. In the spring of 2013 we will present Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld.
This spring (2012) we presented Cosi fan tutte, by W.A. Mozart. Orchestral rehearsals began on February 1, 2012; at roughly the same time the singers started to work with Dr. David Judisch (director of opera). Then just after spring break I started rehearsing with singers and pianists, and by early April 2012 we were putting singers together with orchestra. The final week leading up to our weekend performances was especially intense, with three-hour rehearsals every evening.
Here is a link to a gallery of photos captured during production week (May 2012):