CELEBRATE OPERA WITH US
Three One-Act Operas from the 20th Century
Presented by Eugene Opera's Artist Mentor Program
The Telephone by Gian-Carlo Menotti
with Brooke Cagno and Philip Engdahl co-directors and performers
Riders to the Sea by R. Vaughan Williams
with Judy Morris, Phoebe Gildea, Victoria McCoy, Benjamin Wefler
directed by Karen Esquivel
A Game of Chance by Seymour Barab
with Colleen Gaskill, Teresa Hoy, Chris Lamb, Tim McCoy
directed by Suzanne Shapiro
John Jantzi, AMP Music Director and accompanist
Teresa Hoy, AMP coordinator
Reggie Tonry, Business manager and outreach coordinator
One performance only at
Sunday, NOVEMBER 2nd at 2pm
The Very Little Theatre
24th & Hilyard Street, Eugene
Tickets available at the door
$17 adults/$15 students & seniors
or reserve at 1-800-821-6233
Eugene Opera celebrates National Opera Week!
October 26—November 2, 2014
Eugene Opera Aria Auction Dinner
Eugene Country Club
Friday December 12, 2014
New Year's Eve Party
Wednesday December 31, 2014 following The Elixir of Love
$30 per person
Purchase tickets at 541-485-3985
Sweeney Todd Events
FEBRUARY 6 – MARCH 31, 2015
EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Exhibit: “Stephen Sondheim: A Career on the Cutting Edge”
The Eugene Public Library will mount an exhibit about the amazing career of Stephen Sondheim, assembled by Lane Community College Department of Music, Dance, and Theater Arts. Opening: Friday February 6 (5:30 PM), with commentary on exhibit and music in the rotunda.
FEBRUARY 7 – MARCH 31, 2015
LANE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Exhibit: “History of Theatre in Lane County”
The Lane County Historical Museum will explore the rich history of theatre in Lane County. In addition to entertainment value, theatres have been a source of community; a place of gathering and socializing. Explore some of the many theatres of Lane County’s past and present through photographs, ephemera, and objects from the Museum’s collection. Opening reception: Saturday February 7 (2 PM) at Lane County Historical Museum, 740 W. 13th Ave.
FEBRUARY 15 – MARCH 16, 2015
DOWNTOWN EUGENE MERCHANTS
Window shop displays and food and beverage specials
The thriving, creative community of the Downtown Eugene Merchants will celebrate Sweeney Todd replete with month-long window shop displays and specials. Join the “Downtown Eugene Merchants” Facebook page for updates and your chance to win two A-level orchestra seats for Sweeney Todd plus an invitation to the cast reception.
FEBRUARY 21, 2015, EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 PM
Presentation: “The Career of Stephen Sondheim”
Lane Community College faculty Barbara Myrick (music history) and colleagues will track Sondheim’s career from his early tutorial days with Oscar Hammerstein II and writing the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy through his Tony-studded gallery of musicals and the opera Sweeney Todd. Critics have described Sondheim as “possibly the greatest lyricist ever.”
FEBRUARY 24 & MARCH 3, 2015, 5:30 PM
EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Popcorn and Sondheim at the Movies
- Tuesday February 24: The Last of Sheila (1973), a nonmusical film mystery written by Stephen Sondheim with Anthony Perkins. Perkins and Sondheim received a 1974 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.
- Tuesday March 3: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936), a film version of the Victorian melodrama starring Tod Slaughter as Todd and Stella Rho as Mrs. “Lovatt.”
FEBRUARY 24, 2015, LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BLUE DOOR THEATER, 6:00 PM AND
FEBRUARY 28, 2015, THE JAZZ STATION, 7:30 AND 9 PM
A Cabaret Showcase: Sondheim and Me
A collaboration with Lane Community College, Jazz Station, and Eugene Opera, Lane faculty Siri Vik and Brian Haimbach and Lane alumna Shirley Andress team up to share their most cherished selections and stories from the Stephen Sondheim songbook with this intimate cabaret evening. Three performances! Ticketed admission: $8 & $10 for Blue Door as a scholarship benefit (541-463-5161 or at door); for Jazz Station, tickets at the door following Jazz Station usual price structure: see thejazzstation.org.
FEBRUARY 28, 2015, EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 PM
Presentation: “Sweeney Todd, the Opera and the Experience”
When Sweeney Todd opened in 1979, the New York Times reviewer found the music beautiful but concluded the story had “no serious social message. At the end, the cast lines up on the stage and points to us singing that there are ‘Sweeneys’ all about; the point is unproven.” Mark Beudert, Eugene Opera General Director and Professor of Opera Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and Scott L. Pratt, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, challenge this interpretation. Sweeney Todd is not a message to be proven but an experience to be had. It is Sondheim’s response to perceived sentimentality in modern musical theatre, an anti-“Oliver!” where the “food glorious food” is people. It is a cautionary urban morality tale about using revenge to fight poverty and corruption. Above all, it is a supreme music-theater experience. Presentation of key themes, music and history will prepare you for your Eugene Opera experience.
MARCH 6, 2015, FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK, 5:30-8 PM
THE WILLAMETTE (FLEET) ST. CORRIDOR
Find the pulse of Fleet Street in Downtown Eugene! A free, guided walking tour highlights the incredible array of creative businesses including designers, art galleries, dining experiences, furniture makers, jewelers and antiques. Hobnob the downtown area with the Corridor Ladies of Steam, a regional Steampunk group and local Slug Queens. Participate in a beard competition at the Barn Light or attend beard and mustache maintenance demonstrations at Heritage Dry Goods. A wonderful evening of Victorian indulgence! Bob Hart, Director of the Lane County Historical Society Museum, and Mark Beudert, General Director of Eugene Opera, will co-host the guided tour of galleries and art venues during the First Friday ArtWalk. See the Lane Arts Council website at lanearts.org for more details.
MARCH 6 - 8, 2015, BIJOU METRO
West Side Story, the film
West Side Story is an American musical with a libretto by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The film adaptation (1961), directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, stars Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris. It won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical. Ticketed admission will be charged according to Bijou Metro’s usual price structure. For performance times see bijou-cinemas.com.
MARCH 7, 2015, EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2 PM
Presentation: “Victorians on Broadway: Dickens, Melodrama, & Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.”
Sharon A. Weltman, Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University, Sondheim expert, and author of several books on Victorian literature and musical adaptation, provides historical and literary context for Sweeney Todd. Prof. Weltman’s presentation is sponsored by the Eugene Public Library.
MARCH 10, 2015, 2 PM
LANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, BUILDING 6: PERFORMING ARTS
Presentation: “How Fleet Street came to Broadway.”
Sharon Weltman continues to explore the themes and construction of Sweeney Todd with faculty and students of Lane Community College. The public is invited to join the fun.
MARCH 11, 2015, 4 PM
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, KNIGHT LIBRARY
Film discussion: “Abolition, Adaptation, and Canine Superstars in Sweeney Todd.”
Sharon Weltman provides context and insight about the original story of Sweeney Todd and its evolution into the 1936 film Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street starring Tod Slaughter as Todd and Stella Rho as Mrs. “Lovatt.” The film will be shown.
MARCH 13 & 15, 2015
HULT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Opera: Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Friday evening and Sunday matinee performances starring international stars Christopher Burchett, Anne Allgood, and Jake Gardner, with local favorites Siri Vik, Bill Hulings, Shirley Andress, and others. An introduction to the opera’s musical themes will be given one hour before performances in the lobby. For tickets, call 541-682-5000 or go to eugeneopera.com.