WIU Opera at the Art Center

The Medium

The Medium poster

The School of Music and the Opera Theatre of Western Illinois University presents The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti.  The performances are Friday, October 28, 8:00 pm; Saturday, October 29, 8:00 pm; Sunday, October 30, 2:00 pm; and Sunday, October 30, 8:00 pm at the West Central Illinois Art Center on the Square in Macomb, IL.

The performance, directed by Angela Hand, will feature students and faculty of Western Illinois University: Laura Dittmar, Lily Blouin, JJ Gatesman, Kitty Karn, Therese Pircon,  Andrea Dunn, Daniel Brakefield, James Christian (understudy for Daniel Brakefield), Natalie Randall, and Barbi Brewer.

From the Director Angela Hand.

The Medium is not your typical operatic fare. Written as a chamber opera, it has seen a number of incarnations from Broadway to film, to university productions such as ours. Once derided as not being a “real opera,” it has become an icon of American opera. Menotti decided to write it after attending two séances himself. He felt cheated by the sham experience, but the other participants were adamant that their experience was real. The result was some of the most hauntingly beautiful music written in the 20th Century.
The opera tackles a host of very real problems- alcoholism, abuse, forbidden love and our fear of the unknown. The characters represent different aspects of our lives: Monica represents love; Baba, materialism; the customers, faith; Toby, the unknown. Perhaps one of the most disturbing lines of the opera is, “If there is nothing to be afraid of, why am I afraid of this nothingness?”

Tickets are on sale at Hainline Box Office, 309.298.2900, and at the event:  Public $15;  Senior Citizen/Youth $12;  WIU students free with a valid ID.

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