Classic favorites brought to life at Malone University.
Malone Opera Theatre
Malone Opera Theatre is a small mixed group of voices selected by audition. The group performs once per semester with a recital of excerpts of beloved opera classics. Cynthia Wohlschlager is the artistic director of the group assisted by collaborative pianists, Patrick Wickliffe and Josephine Suwanpoh. This course is offered each semester.
History of MOT
Malone Opera Theater was envisioned and begun by Cynthia Wohlschlager in the Fall of 2012. The first scene program was based around the idea that “All you need is a couple chairs.” The founding idea was that one could start a workshop and put together a creative production without a large budget to commence with. Cynthia felt that this was an important concept for students interested in both performance and education as budgets are not always plentiful depending on the area and school. We finished that first fall semester with our Christmas at Malone debut of a production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors conducted by Dr. David Donelson, who was a fundamental faculty member in the birth of MOT. In addition to two scene programs, the following spring and fall entitled Showcase and Make Our Garden Grow, MOT took on its first full length opera that spring of 2014. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro was set in the 1920s with Italian music and adapted English dialogue. Student conductor Justin Dye led our chamber wind and piano orchestra. In the fall of 2014, MOT put on a program entitled Operas vs. Musicals which included the same stories performed in both genres. Spring of 2015 brought along our first collaboration with the Communication Arts Department with a full production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods with a full pit comprised of students and professional musicians. In the Fall of 2015, we performed a program entitled Myths, Monsters, Fairies, and Fantasy which included Menotti’s The Medium alongside scenes based within the theme. This past season, we performed our second full Mozart opera in four years with the production of The Magic Flute with German music, adapted English dialogue, and an innovative interpretation of this beautiful classic.
"The Magic Flute" - Spring 2016
"Myths, Monsters, Fairies and Fantasy: - Fall 2015
"Into the Woods" - Spring 2015
"Opera vs. Musicals" - Fall 2014
"Marriage of Figaro" - Spring 2014
"Make Our Garden Grow" - Fall 2013
"Showcase" - Spring 2013
"Amahl and the Night Visitors" - Christmas at Malone 2012