It’s known as a “comedic opera.”
It’s in English – with a healthy dose of spoken lines.
In short, it’s an opera that connects with people who might be intimidated by the thought of opera.
And it’s being performed this weekend.
Jim Olson tells us about “Orpheus in the Underwrold.”
(Carlos Feliciano, Tenor) “I love this show.”
And why wouldn’t Carlos Feliciano love it? He gets to play – well, I’ll let him say it.
(Carlos Feliciano, Tenor) “I get to play the king of the underworld and I get to push the line more than any other character on stage so I really enjoy that.”
Feliciano is one of three guest artists in Minot for the past two-plus weeks, preparing for the Western Plains Opera’s presentation of Orpheus in the Underworld. And this is Orpheus.
(David Guzman, Tenor) “This is so fun to play because it’s really funny. The music is super nice, the orchestra, the chorus, it’s like a big Broadway show.”
David Guzman says he’s normally involved in traditional opera – but being a part of the operetta – a lighter, more humorous presenation – has been a nice change. Same for Clara Rottsolk who, and I’m giving something away here, suffers and dies from a bee sting orchestrated by that devil guy.
(Clara Rottsolk, Soprano) “The music – I’ve always been in love with – the beautiful tunes, the lush orchestrations, and lots of fun and humor.”
The three artists are joined by local performers who fill out the cast and play pivotal roles as well – including Dr. Carlos Viera, MSU’s director of choirs playing the role of Jupiter in this spoof of greek mythology.
The stage manager is also a visiting professional – all of whom say their weeks in North Dakota have been worth singing about.
(Clara Rottsolk, Soprano) “For me this is nice I get to settle in, get to know the folks and build a rapport with the cast.”
Performances are Friday evening and Sunday afternoon at Minot State University. Jim Olson, KX News.