Linfield to host evening of opera and musical theatre

Linfield College Music DepartmentA collage of scenes from Spanish operas and American musical theatre will be highlighted at the opera and musical theatre workshops on Sunday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The Linfield Musical Theatre Ensemble will present a lighthearted and humorous program of favorite scenes for musical theater’s golden age. The evening will include hits from “The Music Man,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Candide,” and more. Student performers are seniors: Rachel Bradshaw, Robert Murphy Jackson and Bailey Sipila; junior: Marcos Galvez; sophomores: Ryan Cully, Melory Mirashrafi, Madison Ryder, Brittany Seyl and Alexander Satterlee; freshman: Elise Martin; and Clement Hossaert, French language teaching assistant.

Linfield Opera Workshop will present selections from Spanish light opera or zarzuela, an art form deeply rooted in folk song, the rythms of flamenco and the classical operatic tradition. Although very popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world, zarzuela is all but neglected in the United States. The program includes duets and arias from “Luisa Fernanda,” “La Revoltosa” and “El gato montés.” Student performers are senior: Gilberto Garibaldo; juniors: Jamie Foglesong and Marcos Galvez; sophomores: Madison Ryder, Melory Mirashrafi and Jose Madrid; freshman: Mary Grace Sizemore; and Megan Uhrinak, a 2016 graduate.

The scenes are directed by Anton Belov, assistant professor of music, and Hannah Penn, adjunct professor of music, with musical preparation by principal pianist Susan McDaniel.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit linfield.edu/arts.