Opera Chapman presents
The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar
Friday, April 19, 2013
Peter Atherton, Artistic Director
Carol Neblett, Associate Director
Stephen Coker, Conductor
The Merry Widow is a risqué story with elegant ladies, eligible bachelors, Maxim's can-can dancers, flowing champagne and Franz Lehar's vibrant score. Sung in German with dialogue in English.
About Peter Atherton:
Bass-baritone Peter Atherton has had the joy of performing over forty-five roles ranging from Seneca in The Coronation of Poppea to Frederick in A Little Night Music. His operatic credits include performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Wolf Trap Opera, Virginia Opera, San Francisco Opera Touring Division, Opera Atelier, Cairo Opera and the Operafestival of Rome and Verona. He has performed with such conductors as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Lucas Foss, James Conlon, Kurt Herbert Adler, David Effron and Myung-Whun Chung. Learn more...
About Carol Neblett:
One of America's greatest and most acclaimed sopranos, Carol Neblett's career has spanned over forty years, performing opera's most coveted roles in the world's greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Covent Garden, San Francisco Opera, Salzburg, Hamburg and Chicago Lyric Opera. Learn more...
About Stephen Coker:
Stephen Coker was appointed Director of Choral Activities at Chapman University in the fall of 2009. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Coker served on the choral faculties of Portland State University (OR) from 2006-2009, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) from 2000-2006, and Oklahoma City University (OCU) from 1975-2000. Learn more...