Traverse City Record-Eagle

Arts & Entertainment

June 7, 2013

Traverse City Opera House presents ... opera

TRAVERSE CITY — The City Opera House is both aesthetically and acoustically the perfect place to stage an opera.

“It’s not often we find a place that is perfect for an opera. Auditoriums today are built for microphones. Opera is about using the power of the human voice to bring great stories and songs to life,” said Chris Ludwa, artistic director of the Bay View Music Festival.

Ludwa will bring an ensemble of talented performers to the Opera House on June 28 to deliver an evening of fully staged, costumed and professionally crafted scenes from classic operas.

“Opera a la Carte” is not just for opera aficionados. Ludwa hopes the performance will create a new group of fans.

“This performance is an opportunity for the community to dip their toes in the water, to see what opera is all about,” he said.

The evening’s repertoire will include Handel’s “Giulio Cesare,” Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” and Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Don Giovanni.” For novices to the art form, each scene is set up by the performers prior to singing in order to create an intimate, delightful opera house experience.

“It’s a bit like picking and choosing at a cafeteria: a smattering of this and that, that turns out to be a terrific plate,” Ludwa said.

The Bay View Music Festival takes place at Bay View, a Victorian community on Little Traverse Bay. The upcoming season spans eight weeks and includes more than 50 public events, ranging from classical to pop and from jazz to opera. More than 200 voice students auditioned for the program that combines performance and voice instruction from world-class coaches. Eight were selected.

The Traverse City performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available at the City Opera House box office or at www.cityoperhouse.org. Students accompanying a paid adult get in free.

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