List of Productions

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

SCHOOL OF MUSIC

OPERA AND MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTIONS

 

Frank Marsh established the Opera Workshop in 1948 in order to give students training and experience in opera productions.

 

* denotes collaborative production with Department of Theatre and Dance

 

THE BARTERED BRIDE (Smetana), 1948

Lloyd Patten, director

 

ROBIN HOOD (Reginald DeKoven), 1949

Lloyd Patten, director

 

DOWN IN THE VALLEY (Kurt Weill), 1950

 

TRIAL BY JURY (Gilbert and Sullivan), 1950

Robert Waterstripe, director

Frank Earl Marsh, Music Director

 

THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER (Oscar Strauss), April 1952

Leonard Stocker, director

 

TRIAL BY JURY (Gilbert and Sullivan), May 1952

(Opera Tour)

Leonard Stocker, director

 

NAUGHTY MARIETTA, April 1953

Leonard Stocker, director

 

MARRIAGE BY LANTERN LIGHT (Offenbach), 1954

Leonard Stocker, director

 

SUMMER OPERA WORKSHOP, 1954

Marriage by Lantern and Trial by Jury

Leonard Stocker, director

 

HEY DAZE (an original Southern Play), March 1955 (*?)

Robert Hays, composer

Thomas Long, Richard Johnson, Patricia Hays,

Jacqueline Long, and Robert Hays, book and lyrics

Carl Squitiero, dialogs

William Seay, choreography

(Southern to the Top is from this musical)

 

THE RED MILL (Victor Herbert), 1955

Leonard Stocker, director

 

CUMBERLAND FAIR (Choir Tour Opera), 1955

By Arnold Sundgaard

Leonard Stocker, director

 

OPERA CONCERT, March 1956

Presentation of Opera scenes

Leonard Stocker, director

Harris Crohn, music director

(The Marriage of Figaro, The Bartered Bride,

La Boheme, Hansel and Gretel, Die Fledermaus)

 

THE MIKADO (Gilbert and Sullivan), April, 1956

Leonard Stocker, director

Harris Crohn, music director

 

SUNDAY EXCURSION (Alec Wilder), July 1956

Leonard Stocker, director

 

OPERA EXCERPTS, January 1957

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director

(The Magic Flute, Faust, Cosi fan Tutte,

Don Giovanni, Martha, Die Fledermaus, and

The Gondoliers)

 

THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF (Gian Carlo Menotti), March 1957

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director

 

COX AND BOX (Gilbert and Sullivan), March 1957

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director

 

BRIGADOON (Lerner and Loewe), March 1958

Raymond Mannoni

Gilbert Hartwig and Robert Tresser, directors

Robert Hays, music director

 

THE MERRY WIDOW (Lehar), April 1958

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director

 

THE WHISTLER (William Presser), February 1959           

Original production for Southern Opera

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director

 

GUYS AND DOLLS ( Frank Loesser), February 1959

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director

 

DIE FLEDERMAUS (J. Strauss), April 1959

Robert Mesrobian, stage director

 

OKLAHOMA (Rogers and Hammerstein), February 1960*

Gilbert Hartwig, Robert Hays and Robert Tresser, directors

 

GIANNI SCHICCHI AND LA BOHEME, May 1960

Giacomo Puccini

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director

 

THE WISTLER (William Presser), July 1960

H.M.S. PINAFORE (Gilbert and Sullivan)   

Leonard Stocker, stage director

Harris Crohn, music director

 

OPERA CONCERT, January 17, 1961

Leonard Stocker, Narrator

Harris Crohn, Pianist

Scenes from:

Mozart: The Magic Flute

Verdi: La Traviata

Puccini: Madame Butterfly

Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust

Gounod: Faust

Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard

Offenbach: The Lantern Marriage

 

DAMN YANKEES (Richard Adler and Jerry Ross), March, 1961*

Gilbert Hartwig, stage director

 

SUSANNAH (Carlisle Floyd), May 18, 1961

Production Director: Leonard Stocker

Musical Director: Harris Crohn

  

THE BOY FRIEND (Sandy Wilson), June 1961*

Gilbert Hartwig, stage director

Robert Presser, music director

 

THE GONDOLIERS (Gilbert and Sullivan), August 1961

Ernestine Ferrel, stage director

Theodore Russell, orchestra conductor

                                   

AN EVENING OF OPERA EXCERPTS, January 13, 1962

Clifford Reims, Director

Scenes from:

Mozart:           The Marriage of Figaro                                  

Bizet:              Carmen                                                           

Offenbach       Tales of Hoffmann                                         

Moore             The Ballad of Baby Doe                                

Verdi               Rigoletto                                                        

 

AN EVENING ON BROADWAY, March 24, 1962

Clifford Reims, Director

Leonard Stocker, Associate

Scenes from:

Cole Porter                              Kiss me Kate                         

Grieg-Wright                           Song of Norway                                                                     

Lerner & Lowe                        Camelot                                                                                  

Loesser                                    Most Happy Fella                                                                 

Rodgers & Hammerstein         Carousel                                                                                 

 

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, May 17, 1962

Clifford Reims, Director

Harris Crohn, Conductor

Leonard Stocker, Associate

 

THE STUDENT PRINCE, July, 1962

(Sigmund Romberg)

Clifford Reims, Director

Harold Avery, Conductor

 

PAINT YOUR WAGON, August, 1962

(Lerner and Loewe)

Clifford Reims, Director

Theodore C. Russell, Conductor

 

AN EVENING OF OPERA, November 1962

Galantry by Douglas Moore

The Cloak by Giacomo Puccini

Clifford Reims, Director

 

THE CRUCIBLE, April 4, 1963

(Based on the play by Arthur Miller

Music by Robert Ward, Libretto Bernard Stambler)

Clifford Reims, Director

Harold Avery, conductor

 

DON GIOVANNI (W.A. Mozart)

Clifford Reims, Director

Harold Avery, Conductor

 

THE TELEPHONE (Gian Carlo Menotti), July 1963                   

 

SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE (Marck Bucci), July 1963

Karen Mannoni, director

 

LITTLE MARY SUNSHINE, July 1963

(Rick Besoyan)

F.L. Monachino, Director and Producer

Robert Hays, orchestra conductor

 

IN THE GARDEN (Meyer Kupferman), November 1963

 

THE MEDIUM (Gian Carlo Menotti)

Francis Monachino, Director and producer

Leonard Stocker, Associate Director

 

DON GIOVANNI W.A. Mozart), 1963

William T. Gower, Music Director

Hattiesburg Civic Opera Production

starring Metropolitan Opera baritone, Norman Treigle,

with USM faculty and Orchestra (at the Saenger)

 

THE KING AND I, July 1964

Francis L. Monachino, Director

William Gower, conductor

 

THE MAGIC FLUTE, April 1964

Francis Monachino, Director and producer

William Gower, conductor

 

 

HANSEL AND GRETEL, November 1964

By Humperdinck

Francis Monachino, Director

William T. Gower, Conductor

 

MARDI GRAS AND MILDRED KAYDEN, March 1965

Francis Monachino, Director

 

DIE FLEDERMAUS, 1965

William T. Gower, Music Director

Hattiesburg Civic Opera Production

with USM faculty and Orchestra

 

THE CONSUL (Gian Carlo Menotti), April 1965

 

CAROUSEL, July 1965

(Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Francis L. Monachino, director

 

DRAGENFUT GIRL, November 1965

(A comic opera by Meyer Kupferman)

Directed by Francis Monachino

 

DIDO AND AENEAS  (Henry Purcell), April 1965

and

LA SERVA PADRONA (Pergolesi)

Francis Monachino, Opera director

 

THE MUSIC MAN, Summer 1966 

Francis Monachino, Director

William Gower, conductor     

 

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, December 1966

(Gian Carlo Menotti)

Francis Monachino, Director and Producer

William Gower, conductor

 

THE MEDIUM  (Gian Carlo Menotti), March 1967

 

GIANNI SCHICCHI  (Giacomo Puccini)

Francis Monachino, Director and Producer

William Gower, Musical Director

 

OPERA SCENES, October 1967

Clifton Ware, Tenor

Marie Melichar, Soprano

 

THE MIKADO (Gilbert and Sullivan), November 1967

Clifton Ware, Director

William Gower, Conductor

 

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, March 1968

(Pietro Mascagni)

Clifton Ware, Director

William Gower, Conductor

 

THE MIKADO (five-city tour), Summer 1968

William Gower, Conductor

 

THE OLD MAN AND THE THIEF, November 1968

and

THE TELEPHONE

(Gian Carlo Menotti)

Clifton Ware, Director

 

THE THREE PENNY OPERA, February 1969

(Kurt Weill)

Clifton Ware, Director

 

OPERA SCENES, May 1969

AIDA (Giuseppe Verdi)                                                        

and

THE CLOAK (Giacomo Puccini)

Clifton Ware, Director

 

FLOWER DRUM SONG, June 1969

(Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Jack P. Donovan, Director

William Gower, Conductor

 

OPERA HIGHLIGHTS, October 1969

and

GALLANTRY (Douglas Moore)      

Robert Mesrobian, Director

 

COSI FAN TUTTE (W.A. Mozart), May 1970

Robert Mesrobian, Director

  

VOYAGE TO THE MOON (Jacques Offenbach), November 1970

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William Gower, Conductor

 

FAUST (Charles Gounod), August 1971

 

GIANNI SCHICCHI (Giacomo Puccini)                  

Robert Mesrobian, Director

James Yestadt, Conductor

 

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED, November 1971*

ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

(Stephen Sondheim)

Blaine Quarnstrom, Director

William Gower, conductor

 

L’INFEDELTA DELUSA (Joseph Haydn), February 1972

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William T. Gower, Conductor

 

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (Gioacchino Rossini), July 1972

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William Gower, Conductor

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, November 1972

(Benjamin Britten)

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William Gower, Conductor

(Opening event for the Mannoni Performing Arts Center)

 

BORIS GODOUNOV-Concert version (Modest Mussorgsky), April 1973

Starring Metropolitan Opera baritone, Norman Treigel

James Yestadt, Guest Conductor

David Foltz and Jack Donovan Choral Conductors

William Gower, Orchestra Conductor

 

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, November 1974*

Blaine Quarnstrom, Director

Joe Barry Mullins, Conductor

 

YOU ‘RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, August 1973*

Blaine Quarnstrom, Director

Sherman Hong, Music Director

 

 

DIE FLEDERMAUS (Johann Strauss), January 1974

Robert Mesrobian, Director

William T. Gower, Conductor

 

WEST SIDE STORY (Leonard Bernstein), November 1975*

Larry D. Mullican, Director

Joe Barry Mullins, Conductor

 

SUOR ANGELICA (Giacomo Puccini), April 1976

and IL TABARRO

Patricia Hays, Director

Vernon Raines, Conductor

 

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, December 1978

(Gian Carlo Menotti)

Patricia Hays, Director

Robert Pressley, Conductor

 

AN EVENING OF OPERETTA, November 1979

Patricia Hays, Director

 

PATIENCE (Gilbert and Sullivan), November 1980

Patricia Hays, Director

David Zepeda, Music Director

 

GREAT SCENES FROM OPERAS, November 1981

Karl Brock, Producer and Director

Scenes from:

Cosi fan Tutte

Carmen

The Marriage of Figaro

The Consul

The Abduction from the Seraglio

 

THE TELEPHONE, November 1986

(Gian Carlo Menotti)

David Holley, Director

 

HANSEL AND GRETEL, April 1987

(Englebert Humperdink)

David Holley, Director

 

SUSANNAH, February 1988

(Carlisle Floyd)

David Holley, Director

 

AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS AND SCENES, November 1988

David Holley, Director

Scenes from:

The Magic Flute

Carmen

A Hand of Bridge

The Impresario

  

THE MAGIC FLUTE, April 1989

(W. A. Mozart)

David Holley, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Music Director

 

AN EVENING OF ONE ACTS AND SCENES, November 1989

David Holley, Director

Scenes from:

Smetana           The Bartered Bride

Humperdink      Hansel and Gretel

Puccini              La Rondine

Hindemith         Hin und zurück

Puccini              La Boheme

 

CENDRILLON (Jules Massenet), March 1990

David Holley, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Conductor

 

AN EVENING OF OPERA WORKSHOP SCENES, November 1990

David Holley, Director

Scenes from:

Mozart            Le Nozze di Figaro

Mozart            Don Giovanni

Bizet               Carmen

Gounod           Romeo et Juliette

Mozart            The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart            Don Giovanni

Poulenc           Dialogues des Carmelites

Mozart            Cosi fan Tutte

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (W.A. Mozart), April 1991

David Holley, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Conductor

 

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, 1992

(Otto Nicolai)

David Holley, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Conductor

 

OPERA A LA CARTE, LE MENU, February 1993

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

THE MIKADO (Gilbert and Sullivan), February 1994

Marcia Orbison Weinert, Stage director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM, November 1994

(Stephen Sondheim)

Rob Mulholland, Director

Joseph Britain, Music Director

Jay Dean, Producer

 

DON GIOVANNI (W.A. Mozart), March 1995

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

SNOW WHITE (Luigi Zaninelli), March 1996

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

AN EVENING OF PUCCINI, March 1997

LeVilli

Suor Angelica

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD, February 1998           

(Jacques Offenbach)

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

CARMEN, Concert Version (Georges Bizet), July 25, 1998

Starring Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves

Southern Arts Festival Opera

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Conductor and Producer

 

 

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, November 1999

(Clark Gesner)

Rob Mulholland, Director

Joseph Britain, Music Director

Jay Dean, Producer

 

THE TENDER LAND (Aaron Copland), February 2000

Rob Mulholland, Director and Producer

Tim Koch, Conductor

 

THE FANTASTIKS  (Harvey Schmidt), July 2000

Rob Mulholland, Director

Joseph Britain, Music Director

Jay Dean, Producer

 

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, October 2000

(Andrew Lloyd Weber)

Rob Mulholland, Director

Joseph Britain, Music Director

Jay Dean, Producer

 

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (W. A. Mozart), February 2000

Christopher D. White, Conductor

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Producer

           

GLORIOUS VISTAS OF ITALIAN OPERA, April 2000

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE (Gioacchino Rossini), February 2001

Rob Mulholland, Director

Fiora Contino, Conductor

Jay Dean, Producer

 

THE SOUNDS OF RICHARD RODGERS, March 2002

Maryann Kyle, Constance Roberts, Directors

Jay Dean, Producer

 

CARMEN (Georges Bizet), April 2003

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer

 

INTO THE WOODS (Steven Sondheim), April, 2004

Obra Quave, Director

Constance Roberts, Conductor

Maryann Kyle, Producer

 

THE MAGIC FLUTE (W.A. Mozart), January 2004

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer

Pablo Saelzer, Conductor

 

GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, November 2004

(Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer

Juan Carlos Peña, Music Director

 

SUSANNAH (Carlisle Floyd), February 2005

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer

Jay Dean, Conductor

 

LA TRAVIATA (Giuseppe Verdi), November 2005

(Collaborative Production with Mississippi Opera)

Alan Mann, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director

Maryann Kyle, Producer

 

WEST SIDE STORY (Leonard Bernstein), February 2006

Rob Mullholand, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director

Maryann Kyle, Producer

 

GODSPELL (Stephen Schwartz), September 2006

Rob Mullholand, Director

Kim Cargile and Darryl Harris, Conductors

Maryann Kyle, Producer

Jay Dean, Musical Supervisor

 

CARMEN (George Bizet), April 2007

(Collaborative Production with Mississippi Opera)

Alan Mann, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Music Director

Maryann Kyle, General Director

 

GUYS AND DOLLS (Frank Loesser), October 2007

Rob Mulholland, Director

Kim Cargile, Conductor

Jay Dean, Producer

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (W.A. Mozart), April 2008

(Collaborative Production with Mississippi Opera)

Wendy Taucher, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

                                   

COMPANY (Stephen Sondheim), November 2008

Rob Mulholland, Director

Tammy Mansfield, Music Director

Jay Dean, Musical Supervisor and Producer

 

THE MERRY WIDOW (AND OTHER STUFF), March 5, 2009

(A workshop production featuring scenes from

 The Merry Widow and various other arias and ensembles)

Maryann Kyle, Director and Producer

Jean Reis, Conductor

 

I PAGLIACCI AND GIANNI SCHICCHI, October 20/22, 2009

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Musical Director and Producer

 

RAGTIME, March 4-6, 2010

Robin Carr, Stage Director

Michael Miles, Musical Director and Producer

 

LA BOHEME, February 2011                                   

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Musical Director and Producer     

 

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and II TABARRO, February 2012

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jay Dean, Musical Director and Producer

 

L’ENFANT ET LES SORTELEGES, April  2012

(Opera workshop production)

Graham Anduri and Elliott Yates, Stage Directors

Jennifer Hart, Musical Director/Conductor

 

DIE FLEDERMAUS, October 16 & 19, 2012

Rob Mulholland, Stage Director

Jennifer Hart, Musical Director/Conductor

 

SWEENEY TODD, March 7 & 8 2013

Mike Lopinto, Stage Director

Michael Miles, Musical Director and Producer

 

OPERA SCENES, April 12, 2013                                   

(Opera workshop production)

Graham Anduri, Stage Director

 

COSI FAN TUTTE (four-city tour), October 2013

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

COSI FAN TUTTE, February 2014

Rob Mulholland, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

DIE LUSTIGE WITWE (The Merry Widow), October 2014

(four-city tour)

Rob Mulholland Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

MARY POPPINS, February 2015

Mike Lopinto, Director

Michael Miles, Music Director

 

TOSCA, March 29, 2015

Robert Grayson, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer

 

TRIAL BY JURY and BON APPETIT, April 2015                                         

Jonathan Yarrington, Director

Dennis Leoni, Music Director

 

HANSEL AND GRETEL, October 6, 7, 2015

Stacey Trenteseaux, Director

Hector Pinzon, Music Director

 

WEST SIDE STORY, October 15, 16, 18, 2015

Rob Mulholland, Director

Michel Miles, Music Director

 

CARMEN, February 18, 20, 2016

Joseph Levitt, Director

Jay Dean, Music Director and Producer