Jan. 31, 2013
IU Opera Theater will unveil its first production of Handel's comedic "Xerxes" at 8 p.m. Feb. 1, 2, 8 and 9 in the Musical Arts Center, bringing the production company housed in the IU Jacobs School of Music one step closer to its mission of producing a Handel opera every four years.
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The new production features artistic direction from well-known figures in the opera world, exemplifying IU Opera Theater's new goal of giving IU students more practical experience by working alongside visiting professionals, a shift that follows the retirement of several faculty members.
Visiting artists for "Xerxes" are stage director Tom Diamond, music director Gary Thor Wedow, set and costume designer Robert Perdziola, vocal coach Eiddwen Harrhy and dramaturg Cori Ellison.
"They form this dynamic, professional, scholarly group here, giving our students the chance to learn from them, make connections and really find out what it takes to put a top-notch production together," said Tim Stebbins, Music Arts Center executive director of production.