Opera Returns to Newcomb Department of Music


Revival of tradition to benefit new generation of student artists

For the first time in over thirty years, the Newcomb Department of Music will present a fully staged student opera. In March, undergraduates will perform in a production of The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti. The project is a collaborative effort of students and faculty from the Newcomb Department of Music and Newcomb Department of Theatre and Dance.

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The Newcomb Department of Music has a long history of student opera including the Downman Performance Series. Inaugurated by late Tulane professor Frank Monachino, this professional series presented notable works such as Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and included both amateur and professional performers. More recently, professional operetta has appeared on Tulane's stages in the form of Summer Lyric Theatre’s productions of The Pirates of Penzance (2003) and The Mikado (2004). An unstaged concert version of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas (2004) featured student and professional performers. The Old Maid and the Thief, last performed at Tulane in 1960, will be a return to the operatic genre with all roles performed by Tulane students.

This production is made possible through a generous teaching grant from the Newcomb College Institute and gifts by Music Department alumni.

The Newcomb Department of Music presents
The Old Maid and the Thief, by Gian Carlo Menotti
March 8 & 10, 2018
6:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Dixon Annex Recital Hall
Tulane University
$10 General Admission
Free Tulane Student tickets may be reserved with a Tulane Student ID and must be picked up 15 minutes prior to curtain.

The mission of the Music Department at Tulane University is to train and inspire aspiring professionals as well as enthusiasts for lifelong involvement in the various facets of music. This instruction is offered by talented performers, historians, ethnomusicologists, theorists, composers and technologists, who honor and build upon the outstanding music tradition of the department. By giving freely of these strengths and resources, and offering educational guidance and enriching performances on and off campus, the influence of the department resonates in the greater New Orleans community. Rooted in the uniquely dynamic musical past and present of the city, it seeks to contribute to this cultural life, while fostering an understanding of the broader practice of music-making worldwide.