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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 15, 2008

Monteverdi's 'L'Orfeo' opera performed by UW-Green Bay students

GREEN BAY-The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Opera Studio will present Claudio Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo," at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, at the University Theater on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

This performance, which will be sung in English, blends dance, theater and music into an "engaging version of Monteverdi's masterpiece," said Prof. Benjamin Brecher, music and stage director.

"The students have embraced this style of music, and I am happy we can bring this Baroque opera to life in Green Bay," Brecher added.

Twenty-five UW-Green Bay students will participate in "L'Orfeo," considered by many to be one of the earliest operas.

Cyndie Shepard choreographed the performance with the sets, costumes and lighting designed by the UW-Green Bay Theater Discipline.

Also contributing to the performance are Adjunct Instructor Mary Slavek on harpsichord and organ, Prof. Catherine Henze, on viola de gamba and Prof. Adam Gaines on trumpet.

This will be the last performance directed by Brecher at UW-Green Bay before he becomes head of the voice program at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Advance tickets are $6 for adults or $4 for UW-Green Bay students. Prices at the door are $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Tickets are available online at, by calling (920) 465-2217 or (800) 328-8587, or in person at University Ticketing Services located in the University Union on the campus.

Student performers include:
Tessa Wegenke, Montello, La Musica Prologo; Jacob Kaltenberg, Waunakee, Orfeo; Lisa Andre, Casco, Euridice; Melanie Riley, Green Bay, Voice of Orfeo; Molly Le Captain, New Franken, Messenger; Ashley Sprangers, Menasha, Speranza; Christian Ott, Sheboygan, Caronte and Apollo; Sarah Klauck, Sheboygan, Proserpina; and Don Yarbrough, Green Bay, Plutone.

Chorus and Shepherds include:
Alyse Delie, Elizabeth Kempf, Leigh Wyman, Erin Wadzinski, Vicki Karpeck, Stephanie Westbrook, Green Bay; Matt Walton, Wisconsin Rapids; Hannah Pozorski, Manitowoc; Emily Beyer, Hilbert; Heather Lahr, Grafton; Jacob Ault, Kewaunee; and Luke Uphill, Kaukauna.

Dancers include:
Amanda Aamodt, Wisconsin Rapids; Amanda Polzer, Wausau; Samantha Cardarelle, Saukville; and Tanley Hitz, Antigo.

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08-93 | Contact: Mike Heine, (920) 465-2526

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