Opera Theater – “The Tender Land” by Aaron Copland
October 28-30, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
October 31, Sunday, 3:00 p.m.
Crowder Hall, $20
There will be a post-performance talk-back after each show.
The opera orchestra will perform under the baton of Michael Dauphinais, music director. Cynthia Stokes is the stage director and Michael Dauphinais is vocal coach. The beautiful costumes and stage set are by Chris Allen and Sally Day respectively. The opera will be sung in English, and the total duration including intermission is approximately one hour and 55 minutes.
Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land is a compelling coming-of-age story set in a rural Midwest town during The Great Depression. Laurie, a young woman on the eve of her high school graduation, must contend with the expectations of family and society while navigating first love and the gravity of pursuing one’s own path. The Tender Land continues to touch contemporary audiences with an unbridled authenticity that truly captures the American spirit.
a young farm girl 12-13 years old
Yue Huang (Thursday & Saturday)
Aysen Idil Milliogulari (Friday & Sunday)
Mrs. Moss’ daughter, Beth’s sister,
18 years old and about to graduate
from high school
Zhong Liu (Thursday & Saturday)
Yongjae Lee (Friday & Sunday)
an old farmer, father-in-law
to Mrs. Moss and grandpa to
Beth and Laurie
Mrs. Splinters, Mr. and Mrs. Jenks, Guests
Adam Mattson, Morgan Hardy, Bethany Jargstroff,
Mikki Larese Clarissa Smith, Qi Qi
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Holly Schurr, Callum Robbins, violin I
Jessica Muiseke, Helena Hadlock, violin II
Jung Eun Oh,Larissa Brown, viola
Robert Marshall, Marguerite Salajko, cello
Leslie Carter, bass
Mindi Acosta, flute
Gloria Dorado, clarinet
Cassandra Bendickson, bassoon
Shih-Han Su, piano
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Place & Time
June, a farm in the Midwest just before harvest, during the Great Depression.
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Act 1 – late afternoon
I n t e r m i s s i o n
Act 2 – that evening
Act 3 – early the next morning
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The University of Arizona Opera Theater Artistic Staff
Vocal Coach & Conductor Michael Dauphinais
Stage Director Cynthia Stokes
Rehearsal Accompanist Sophia Su
Set and Projection Designer Sally Day
Lighting Designer Todd Poelstra
Costume Designer & Shop Manager Chris Allen
Choreographer Mickey Nugent
English Diction Coach Kathryn laBouff
Production Manager Carson Scott
Technical Director Owen Witzeman
Stage Manager Ashley Ryan Hendrickson
Assistant Stage Manager Maya King
Supertitle operator Myeongju Kang
Supertitles created by Rebeckah Resare
Dr. Lori Wiest, chair Fred Fox School of Music
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Fred Fox School of Music Voice Faculty
Dr. Kristin Dauphinais, mezzo soprano and area coordinator
Professor Yunah Lee, soprano
Dr. Andrew Stuckey, baritone
Professor Cynthia Stokes, opera theater
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Mission Statement for Opera Theater
The Opera Theatre program at the University of Arizona’s mission is to aid in raising the quality and awareness of Opera and the local Tucson and surrounding borderline area and throughout the state of Arizona. The Opera Theatre program promotes opera as a living and essential art form; opera provokes, thrills, and transforms human lives through its unique combination of music and storytelling. The Opera Theatre program is committed to diverse programming including productions of new and contemporary works, works in English and in Spanish, standard repertory, and the essential re-imagination of operatic works for the stage. The Opera Theatre program encourages the development of young opera artists as well as cultivating opera enthusiast of the future. the Opera Theatre program builds community to ensure the success of our students as they become opera practitioners, teachers, and leaders of the future.
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