Bucknell Opera Company's Remix of Your Favorite Fairytale
You’ve never seen your favorite childhood fairytale performed like this. On Saturday, April 20, the Bucknell Opera Company will perform Englebert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel with a prelude of Modest Mussorgsky's The Nursery in Russian at 7:30pm in the Weis Center.
For the Bucknell Opera Company, a lot of preparation went into the production. Some of the members even went so far as to write entirely different translations for the Hansel and Gretel score. Others had to learn how to speak an entirely new language, including freshman Marcus Schenck (a campus vinyl journalist!). Marcus had this to say about the event: “For myself and the other first-years, Alli Aaron and Isabel Rogers, we had to learn how to speak Russian for our segment. It took a lot of work, writing in the phonetics and translations and working with our Russian coach, Janet Clapp.”
Clapp, also in charge of the hair, makeup and costuming for the show, has the difficult task of re-invigorating Hansel and Gretel, a fairytale that has stood the test of time, for a college audience. Shenck believes that the show “really shows off everyone's voices and acting skills. It's the original story in opera form; it's a great new way to see the story. And the music is gorgeous, too.”
Don’t miss this must-see performance by the Bucknell Opera Company on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center and relive your favorite fairytale through beautiful opera music!