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Singing and Pageantry: SIU's Colorful Opera, 'Faust,' Wins Applause
Singing and Pageantry: SIU's Colorful Opera, 'Faust,' Wins Applause
TitleSinging and Pageantry: SIU's Colorful Opera, 'Faust, ' Wins Applause
CreatorGelman, Ben
DescriptionIn this very favorable review of the Southern Illinois University Opera Workshop production of Faust, author Ben Gelman highlights the producer, director, artists, participating faculty, and several of the lead performers in turn, giving them "full marks" and calling the performance "musically and visually stunning". He briefly points out some key plot elements of Faust, and then draws out some of the distinct themes contributed by Ms. Dunham to this particular interpretation: one section of the ballet represents hell as a World-War II concentration camp.
CollectionSCRC Text (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
SubcollectionKatherine Dunham Papers
Original Publication Source[Southern Illinoisan]
Place Written[Carbondale], IL
Subjects -titlesFaust
Subjects -peopleThomas, Joel ; Horner, Douglas ; Huebner, Sharon ; Hallman, Ludlow ; Lawrence, Marjorie ; Bel Geddes, Edith Lutyens ; Kimmel, Katherine ; van Bronkhorst, Warren ; Payne, Darwin Reid ; Kingsbury, Robert ; O'Neil, Jack ; Dunham, Katherine
Other topicstrumpet players ; Little Symphony
Collection ID/Box#FP20_7_F1DUNHAM_B103_F17_08
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TranscriptSinging And Pageantry
SIU's Colorful Opera, fausi/ Wins Applause
By Ben Gelman Of The Btmlhern IllinDissn
An audience which complete¬ ly packed SouLhem llEmois Uui- vtraily's ShryMk Autfltorium ^sve ihe SIU prodjclion of Gounod's opera "FausL" a tbun- derQUfi ov^Lion Salurday.
Workjng in a space gtoss}y nsdequate for "grand opera, ^' producer Marjorie Lawrence, iogother with regular music d& parl^nenl faculty and guest as- EisEantE Katherine Dunham and.fcfrs, Norman Bel Geddes, hava
put together n musically and visually Alunning offering.
What seemed like hundred! erf student singers, dancers and extras moved ihraugh Uie croibd Ecenes in their colorhil coa- tumea.
The principMl gingers brougtil torrents of applause from (be audience, Thomai
Joe] Thomas, In * seri? fontaslic Devil's co&lumes, play¬ ed and sang "Mepliislopheles" b tbe hill, Hia "Colf of field" aiia vas parlieularly well
ceived, Ibe big, ba^a voice being perfectly suited to Ihe pari.
Douglas Homer, ^e of Lwo I singers playing Ihe title role Ihis jncekedd, did a :Im job with Ihe lenor arias such as '¦Be¬ fore Leaving This Plsce, " and ''All Hail Thou Dwelling."
Kaiherine Kimmel, one of lwo sopranos playing "Marguerile, " waa wonderful in "The Jewel Song." and Ihe prison scene, especially.
Ludlow Hallmann, barilone who sang "ValenEine, " was also m fine tolce. An accomplished inusican, be is also assistant conductor of the prodijolioa. In EncriJah
The producliofl was staged in' English, raihoT than [he oriei- nal French, and the old-German setfiag nas moved up in lime Ed Nail Germany during World Warn
The cbsalc "eood-i^ersus-evil" iiteme ol [he opera remained unchanged, of course.
Fausl, '^ a disillusioned old scientist and i^llosopher, sells j| [o rbe Devil in return laat fling al youlh and Among Ihe tempta- liona ullered by "Mepbjfi-i topheles" Is a glimpse of ft love-' ly young maiden, "'Marguerite." Faust signs Ihe bond wilh the Devil, and, witb bis aid, jeducrs the maiden.
¦¦ 'Margiwrit*'
I "Marguerjie" filmiBl falls a 'lintm Eo Ihe Devil, as well as
.¦'E'aust, '* bul Bfler some dra. matic scenes, all ends well as her soul rises lo heaven.
¦ The famous "Walpurgis Night" baliet sceoe ia stdgeil by hfiss Dunham in a German concentracion camp, in v^hicb night maribb f^nlaslic figores jp' pear.
The novelEy acts Include a uoicychat. fencers, a s|rip-iea- ser and basketball-player types Eossiag a "human hPad" about.
TTw lour-flcE opera offered a long evenjnj'a enlerlainment, hii( one ( was jusiilicd hy tlie e :cel]enl music, singing and colorful pageantry.
Among thoM who gel full marks lOr Iheh' efforts ar* War- van Bronkhorst. conductor; Dartin PaiTie, who designed Ihe beatitihil sets and managed lo move Ihe hordes of ^'ouiig people arodod Ibe smaU stage wJlh-some degree of grace: Robert Kingshury. choral direc¬ tor ol the fine sEudent vocalists; Mifis Dunham for her spectac¬ ular d^nce effects and Mrs. Be] Geddes for Ihe eicelleul cosEumfti.
"Fausl" will have a ftceoad performance loday g| 3 in Shryock Auditor] m. A Eew seals may be avajlahle al the door just before Ihe perfor-
I Sharon Hucbner will sing.¦-Marguerite" and Jact O'Neii will sing "Faiist" today. Thom- I as and Hallmami again w ji| slnj; i^U^hisloplvlK" and "Valai-I line." I
Joel Tbamai ai 'Mtphiitophelet'
Original dimensions (cm.)46 x 37
Digital Object TypeImage
Digital File Format.tif
Digital File PublisherSpecial Collections Research Center, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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