This weekend’s performance of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” by the Fargo-Moorhead Opera promises to be memorable. It is Beethoven’s only opera. It has not been performed in the community since 1983. And it features more than 50 Cobbers.
Concordia is traditionally well represented in opera productions because many members of the vocal faculty are active opera singers, says Lucy Thrasher, associate professor of music. She will sing the role of Marzelline. She is joined by fellow faculty members David Hamilton and Dr. Paul Hindemith and Concordia alumnus Kiley Ramstorf ’09, who are all singing leading roles. Faculty member Stephen Sulich will conduct.
Two students – Erik Krohg ’13, Bloomington, Minn., and Peter Johnson ’12, St. James, Minn., – will be making their main stage solo debuts, and the chorus is predominantly Concordia students.
Thrasher says the students have consistently impressed her and other members of the opera.
One of her favorite moments is during “The Prisoner’s Chorus.”
“The young men of the chorus sing this so beautifully, it brings tears to my eyes every time I hear them,” she says. “I am so fortunate to be placed on stage during this great musical moment.”
The students’ energy and enthusiasm brings with it hope.
“I feel hopeful for the opera profession and hopeful for our world,” Thrasher says. “These are incredible young people from our community.”
“Fidelio” will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at Reineke Festival Hall, NDSU.