UI Opera Hits the Road

> More Photos (courtesy of The Daily Iowan)

Fresh from a stint at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, the UI is taking its production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera H.M.S. Pinafore to Des Moines this weekend for two performances.

The production’s brilliant staging and costuming accompanies a cheerful score and comic plot. Combined with the energetic performances from the young cast, it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser!

On Friday, July 20, we are offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes discussion about the show, with a bonus of hearing the University of Iowa opera cast sing “Things Are Seldom What They Seem” and “Sorry Her Lot Who Loves Too Well.”

The behind-the-scenes event is free and open to the public. It will take place at 6 p.m. at the Hoyt Sherman Place Art Gallery in Des Moines. Tickets to the opera can be purchased online.

Check out more information on the event below and click here to register by noon on Tuesday, July 17.


Joan Kjaer, host of the television and radio program WorldCanvass from International Programs, will moderate a discussion with UI faculty and staff William LaRue Jones, director of orchestral studies; John Cameron, professor and head of acting; and Margaret Wenk-Kuchlbauer, scenic and costume designer. They will discuss various topics, such as the:

  • History of the piece and approach to the production
  • Style and original performance theories of this genre
  • Transition from artwork to actual set designs
  • Collaboration between Sir Arthur Sullivan and William Gilbert

This discussion will be taped for broadcast on UITV, Iowa Public Radio, and KRUI; it will also be available as a podcast as part of the WorldCanvass series on iTunes.

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