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Release: Nov. 21, 2001
UI Opera Studio will perform scenes from Mozart, Bizet, others Dec. 7-8
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Opera Studio of the University of Iowa School of
Music will present an informal performance of scenes from several operas,
featuring student directors and singers, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec.
7 and 8, in the Opera Studio of the Voxman Music Building.
The performance, under the supervision of Sally Stunkel, director of the
UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater, will be free and open to the public. Musical
director of the performance will be faculty member Shari Rhoads.
Scenes will be performed from seven operas: Mozart's "Abduction from
the Seraglio," "Magic Flute" and "Cosi fan tutte";
"Goyescas" by Enrique Granados; "Mignon" by Ambroise Thomas;
Bizet's "Carmen"; and "L'incoronazione di Poppea" (The
coronation of Poppea) by Claudio Monteverdi.
The scenes will be directed by Emmelind Roelofse, Amanda Hyberger and Rachel
Lebeck, who are students in the graduate opera directing class. The scenes
will be accompanied on piano by Rhoads and Alessandra Ferris, a graduate student
in the School of Music.
Rhoads joined the UI School of Music faculty in the fall of 2000. She earned
her degree in accompanying and has completed post-graduate studies in opera
coaching/conducting at the University of Southern California. Before arriving
at the UI she taught music history at the Musikhochschule (Music conservatory)
in Lucerne and the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland. Rhoads has also
been Kapellmeister at the Lucerne Theater and conductor/coach at the opera
theater in Darmstadt, Germany. She was coach at the Barcelona and Madrid opera
Her accompanying credentials include recitals with Jose Carreras, Luis Lima
and Montserrat Caballe with whom she worked exclusively as coach/accompanist
and orchestrator. She has accompanied master classes with a number of renowned
artists, including singer Gerard Souzay, cellist Lynn Harrell and violist
William Primrose, and she served as staff accompanist for the Francesco Vinas
(Barcelona, Spain) and Munich International competitions.
Stunkel was appointed director of UI Opera Theater in the fall of 1999.
She has directed for many American opera companies, including Sacramento Opera,
Tulsa Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Skylight Opera, the Aspen Music Festival,
Kentucky Opera and Four Corners Opera. She has more 70 productions to her
credit, including straight theater as well as opera. She headed the opera
programs at the University of Tennessee, the University of the Pacific in
California and the former St. Louis Conservatory of Music.
Stunkel has performed both as an opera singer, performing with the Colorado
Springs Opera, Skylight Opera and Baltimore Opera, and as an actor in spoken
plays, having recently portrayed Amanda in "The Glass Menagerie"
and Eleanor of Aquitaine in "The Lion in Winter." With more than
15 years of dance training, she has also choreographed several productions.
Known for her expertise in teaching acting to opera singers, Stunkel has
taught in the apprentice programs at the Des Moines Metro Opera; Chautauqua
Opera; the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada; and the Aspen Music Festival.
She was a co-founder/director/writer for The Opera Parade and Kinderopera,
two touring educational opera companies for children in Maryland. She is a
graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where she received
the National Opera Association's award for best opera for her productions
of Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Consul" and Domonick Argento's "Postcard
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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