• 2021-2022 Season,  Opera Scenes

    Cast and Creative Team List

    BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications School of Music presents “Dreams and Nightmares:” A selection of opera scenes Shea Owens, director Nicolas Giusti, conductor/coach Dr. Barbara Allen, coach Sebastian Neugebauer, pianist Peter Blackham, pianist Pollyanna Eiler, dramaturg Ariana Abadia, opera TA Nicole Dayton, director – Hansel and Gretel   Cast Ariana Abadia Camilla Anderson Rachael Anderton Olivia Aurich McKenzie Bahr Spencer Baldwin Brett Ballard Nicole Dayton Madison Ecker Alexis Hopkins Fowler Kyra Fowler Sanae Fujii Grace Hancock Cassie Hyatt Jamie Johnson Sarah Knight Lorenzo Larios Anna Low Rennan McConkie Ellie Niver Matthew Paez Allie Pugmire Logan Reid Rebekah Schnepf Ethan Simpson Emily Steele Katie Stull Bella Thurgood Blake Wayment…

  • 2021-2022 Season,  Opera Scenes

    Interviews with the Opera Scenes Creative Team

    by Pollyanna Eyler           In honor of 4th Wall Dramaturgy, here’s a quick Q &A with members of the Opera Team for the Dreams and Nightmares Opera Scenes.  Scroll down to learn about our team! Opera Director – Shea Owens Opera Coach Conductor – Nicolas Giusti Chorus Master – Barbara Allen Rehearsal Pianist – Sebastian Neugebauer Student Opera Director – Nicole Dayton   Q &A with Director – Shea Owens What was your first foray into opera? I didn’t get into opera until I was in college, and the  first one I attended was Die Fledermaus at BYU. I was so impressed by the production (especially the singers) that I auditioned…

  • 2021-2022 Season,  Opera Scenes

    Dreams and Nightmares…Dramaturg’s Note

    by Pollyanna Eyler What dreams have you or are you daring to dream?  What fears have you or are you facing? The ten opera scenes are a range of both dreams and nightmares. From the daydreaming Hansel and Gretel and Cosi fan tutte, to the nightmarish witches of Macbeth; and from the dreamy-eyed lovers in Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Widow, and The Gondoliers, to the frightful lechery of Don Giovanni and Le comte Ory. From those who are full of life, ambly pursuing their dreams in La fille du régiment to those who face loss of love and life in Ariadne auf Naxos. I too am facing fears, as…

  • 2021-2022 Season,  Opera Scenes

    Scene Summaries with Cast

    by Pollyanna Eyler, dramaturg What can you expect when you come to the BYU Opera Scenes? Our “Dreams and Nightmares” program explores how quickly one can turn into the other, and how the line between fantasy and reality can sometimes be very thin.  We’ve modernized and adapted many of these scenes, so you may be able to relate to what is happening on the stage. We’ve even put in some of our own modern musical “easter eggs” specifically for our BYU audience members. See if you can catch them!  My hope is that anyone, whether they are brand new to opera or a seasoned veteran, will be able to laugh,…

  • 2021-2022 Season,  Opera Scenes

    Cast Bios

    Learn a little bit more about the performers in the Opera Scenes! By Pollyanna Eyler, dramaturg   Ariana Abadia. I am from Ecuador. Second semester as a Master in Vocal Performance. Vocal performance. I have sung the 1st Lady in The Magic Flute by Mozart, Diana in Crossing the Face of the Moon by P. Martinez, Ilse in Spring Awakening and Bastienne in Bastien und Bastienne by Mozart. Also, two opera scenes as a Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte by Mozart. Also, I have sung the “Requiem” by Mozart and the “Gloria” by Vivaldi. In the immediate future I will be doing a…