Everyone wants a good love story and when it is combined with beautiful music, fantastic singing, and great sets and costumes, magic happens in the theater.
That is exactly what will occur when Kingwood Summer Opera presents Puccini’s taut masterpiece “La Bohème” on Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Performing Art Center Main Stage Aug. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 2 and 5:30 p.m. The opera will be sung in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage.
“It is a great first opera for people to see, because the story is accessible (it is the same story used in the musical ‘Rent’) the music is gorgeous, and the entire opera is only a little more than two hours- the length of an average movie,” said Anne Heath-Welch, director. “This opera also features a children’s chorus in act II, and 12 lucky children from the Lake Houston area won spots in the production.”
This year’s cast includes graduate students or alumni (young professional singers) from various universities including the University of Houston, Stephen F. Austin State University, Baylor University, Sam Houston State University and Rice University. Annamarie Zmolek, who will perform the role of Mimi, is a Rice graduate who won the Southwest Council auditions for the Metropolitan Opera. She recently sang with the Central City Opera.
The Kingwood Summer Opera is a unique hybrid program that models itself after summer professional opera apprentice programs. This program is well-respected because of LSC-Kingwood’s creative team of music faculty. Heath-Welch, Gottfried Schiller and Richard Aslanian have a plethora of professional operatic experience and are eager and passionate about opera. Heath-Welch sang leading roles with the English National Opera and many other leading opera houses in England and across Europe. Schiller was a singer at the Kommische Oper in Berlin for 30 years and Aslanian conducted operas in Germany and led the opera programs at Louisiana State University and Baylor University, among others.
“Kingwood Summer Opera allows emerging professionals/graduate students to sing the lead roles, thus gaining valuable stage experience while learning a complete role. Our less-experienced students and community members sing in the chorus and also gain valuable experience while having a great time,” said Dr. Todd Miller, KSO producer and chair of LSC-Kingwood’s Performing Arts department. “It also allows our 18-22 year-old students to hear and learn from more mature voices, which is valuable at a two-year college.”
Tickets to the Kingwood Summer Opera’s production of “La Bohème” are $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens and students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 281-312-1709.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.
Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.