Zehn Mädchen und kein Mann (Ten Maidens and No Man) by Franz von Suppé

Featuring Dorothy Maddison, soprano, her Studio 309 as well as guests Gianne Ghe Zhu, piano, and Dr. William Reber, conductor

Thu, Sep 13 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL

Zehn Mädchen und kein Mann (Ten Maidens and No Man) by Franz von Suppé

Featuring Dorothy Maddison, soprano, her Studio 309 as well as guests Gianne Ghe Zhu, piano, and Dr. William Reber, conductor

Thu, Sep 13 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL


Zehn Mädchen und kein Mann (Ten Maidens and No Man) is an operetta composed by Franz von Suppé with a libretto first written by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese under the pseudonym Wilhelm Friedrich. This piece premiered on October 25, 1862, at the Kaaitheater in Vienna. As with most operettas of that era (most notably J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus), this piece bubbles with humor, mistaken identities, and lyrical, tuneful melodies that are easy on the ear and excellent training pieces for young singers. The plot centers around Mr. Schönhahn, a wealthy landowner with 10 daughters who is looking for suitors for them to marry. When a tenor appears at the door, the intrigue begins!

Dr. Dorothy Maddison, well known to regular opera goers at JMU, will sing, direct and produce this opera featuring JMU students in leading roles. Kyle Knappenberger, D.M.A. candidate, will star as the uneasy father, with alum Nick Branson as Paris Agamemnon, in love with the maid, Sidonie, played by JMU junior Haley Griffith. They will be joined by Dr. William Reber, conductor and professor emeritus of Arizona State University, as well as doctoral candidate Gianne Ghe Zhu on the piano.

Soprano Dorothy Maddison has a B.M. honors and distinction from St. Olaf College and a M.M. and D.M.A. in vocal performance from ASU. During her 20-year professional career in Europe, Maddison was a full-time soloist with the Stadttheater Döbeln (Germany), where she had lead roles in Les Contes d’HoffmannLucia di LammermoorOrphée aux Enfers, and Le Nozze di Figaro. She sang Christine in the Yeston-Kopit version of Phantom.

Maddison is co-author of Kein’ Angst Baby!, a guide book for singers in the German audition process. Recordings include Christmas Art Songs (Mario Balzi, piano), Songs for Bertha and Brenda: Two song cycles for soprano featuring ME (Brenda Ueland) by Libby Larsen, Brautlieder by Peter Cornelius (Lori Piitz and Gabriel Dobner, piano), and Jason Haney's Apollo with the Colloquy ensemble.

Since joining JMU in 2002, her engagements include singing for the vice president of Brazil, the Staunton Music Festival and Haydn’s Creation in 2012 in London. Her recent collaborations with composer Larry Taylor include the song cycle Marie Curie and the role of older Psyche in his opera Eros and Psyche. Maddison serves as associate professor of voice at JMU.


HIGHLIGHTS


  • Featuring Broadway stars, The Doo Wop Project reimagines some of the greatest music in American pop and rock history!



  • The Grammy and Emmy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir will sing, dance and drum to deliver a tour-de-force performance!



  • Israeli performance troupe Mayumana presents "Currents," a bold spectacle featuring mind-blowing sights and sounds



  • Staunton dance devotee Pamela McCray wins 2018 Circle of Excellence Award


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