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Nov. 28, 2006

Opera Studies Lectures Continue With Discussion Of 'The Tender Land' Dec. 1

Valorie Goodall, guest director for the University of Iowa Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater, will present "Hands On: Bringing 'The Tender Land' to the Stage" from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Opera Rehearsal Hall, 132 Voxman Music Building, as part of the UI Opera Studies Group lecture series.

Goodall is an emerita professor of voice at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts.

With Goodall's stage direction, the Opera Theater will present Aaron Copland's "The Tender Land" at the Englert Theater at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Tickets can be purchased at the Englert Box Office, 221 E. Washington Street, 319-354-3284.

During the Dec. 1 lecture, Goodall will speak about her own background research, the music preparation, analysis of characters within the plot, movement, scenery, lighting, costume design, and even concerns of scheduling in the production of "The Tender Land."

Goodall was resident stage director at the Stamford, Conn., Palace Theatre for the New England Lyric Operetta Company, and established Opera at Rutgers at Rutgers University, where she was professor of voice and opera for 29 years. Opera at Rutgers received six National Opera Association production awards in seven years, including two first-place awards.

Her performing career including professional opera singing in Vienna, Graz, Bern and Prague in major soprano roles, including Mimi in "La Boheme," Micaela in "Carmen," Melisande in "Pelleas et Melisande" and others. She recorded Franz Lehar's "Land des Laechelns" (Land of Smiles) opposite legendary tenor Giuseppe di Stefano, with whom she performed at Vienna's Theater an der Wien, as well as on tour in the United States and Canada.

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Group, affiliated with UI International Programs, was established in 1999 as a forum to foster the study of opera and related genres from interdisciplinary perspectives. The group's purpose is to bring together scholars who have a special expertise or interest in opera to share their views on various issues associated with research and performance of operatic works. For more information, visit:

For more information on the series or special accommodations to attend any of the lectures, contact Katherine Eberle, Opera Studies Group co-director, at 319-335-1675 or

International Programs enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Katherine Eberle, 319-335-1675; Writer: Erin Vaughn.