Enjoy Two Comical Opera Performances This Week at Hardin-Simmons University

Enjoy Two Comical Opera Performances This Week at Hardin-Simmons University

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

Admission is free! Open to the publicOperatic voices could be clearly heard, even outside Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall, today as students prepared for this week’s opera performance.Director of Opera Dr. Chris Hollingsworth says this will be a great chance for anyone to try out two operas for free, complete with exaggerated costumes and what might possibly be the first set ever in the Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall.{{more}}Dr. Hollingsworth came to Hardin-Simmons University this past August, and in November produced a School of Music collaborative production of the opera Orfeo ed Euridice. The production was the combined effort of the HSU Orchestra, Chorale, Concert Choir, and the Theater Department’s technical assistance. This Thursday and Friday, Hollingsworth will present The Telephone by GianCarlo Menotti and Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini in the Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall at 8 p.m. on both nights.Telephone is a lighthearted performance of a marriage proposal that almost doesn’t happen because of a telephone. In the end, the proposal takes place, on what else, the telephone.Gianni Schicchi is the story of Buoso Donati who lies dead in his curtained four-poster bed. His relatives gather round to mourn his passing but more particularly, to learn the contents of his will. Rumor has it that Buoso has left everything to a monastery, which precipitates a frantic search for the will.Hollingsworth’s operatic credits include leading roles and featured roles in Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, The Magic Flute, Le nozze di Figaro, Kismet, Madama Butterfly, Roméo et Juliette, Carmen, La Traviata, Les contes d’Hoffman, Die Fledermaus, Street Scene, and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Musical theatre credits include leading roles in Joseph, Showboat, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Big River. Hollingsworth has served on the Illinois State University faculty as assistant professor in voice and director of the opera practicum. During his eight years at Illinois State, he served as the principal vocal coach for the College of Fine Arts main-stage operas and musicals. Dr. Hollingsworth has also served on the faculty at Syracuse University as adjunct professor of voice and opera and at Lycoming College as an adjunct lecturer in voice. He served as the director of youth music ministries at Second Presbyterian Church in Syracuse. While there, he led the Chancel Choir on tours in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Tennessee, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Montreal, Canada. Dr. Hollingsworth earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from DePauw University, a master’s degree in opera/vocal performance from Binghamton University, and earned his doctorate in vocal performance and literature at the University of Illinois.The opera is free and open to the public, March 24 – 25, 2011, at 8 p.m. in the Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall on the Hardin-Simmons University campus.