The UNH Youth Opera Program
The UNH Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to announce a new summer education program. The UNH Youth Opera Pilot Program is a group of advanced singers ages 12-26 years, exploring, performing and exposing other young audiences to the art of Opera. Manseau plans to use the pilot to grow the program in its new home at the university. Based on a program founded in 2003 by Manseau as YOW! (Youth Opera Workshop), the group has performed many favorites including Mozart operas, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Cosi fan tutte as well as Bizet's Carmen, Humperdink's Hansel and Gretel, and the comic opera by Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus.
Using minimalistic costumes, props, and sets, the UNH Youth Opera Pilot Program will explore scenes from these and other famous operas for a June 2014 performance in UNH's Hennessey Theatre, located in the Paul Creative Arts center in Durham. Any registered UNH student can join the group for a greatly discounted rate.
Not just for opera, students studying musical theatre will also gain valuable training from this program. Cross-over work is more popular than ever as both Theater companies and Opera companies strive to meet audience demands. Most US Opera companies produce at least one musical every year as well as operetta. Come and learn more about cross-over work by adding Opera and Operetta to your portfolio.
Singers interested in joining the group should be able to learn advanced vocal music, sometimes in a foreign language, in regular lessons with a voice instructor. Singers who have not worked with Melissa Manseau before will need to meet and audition before the start of rehearsals (please prepare one classical style piece). For further questions or to set up an informal audition, please contact Melissa.Manseau@unh.edu.
Registered UNH Student Cost: fee waived for pilot program
UNH Alumni Cost: $50
Non-UNH Student or Alumni Cost: $150
Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays 5-9pm and Thursdays from 5-7pm starting May 13 in the UNH Hennessy Theatre. There is flexibility in the schedule for conflicts that the director has in writing, in advance.
Tech week is June 16-19, 5-9pm daily.
Performances are on Friday, June 20, at 7pm, Saturday, June 21, at 7pm and Sunday, June 22, at 2pm in the UNH Hennessey Theatre.
Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at unharts.com or at the PCAC Box Office, located in the Johnson Theatre lobby in the Paul Creative Arts Center, one hour prior to curtain.
Resources for Parents
- UNH Drama Camps: Student Rules and Etiquette
- Student Emergency and Release Form, Liability Waiver and Photo Release form