Students to be featured in UW-Platteville opera event Dec. 13-14

December 3, 2012
Front row (L-R): Morgan Reese, Maggie Schmidt, Lily Martin and Arianna Day. Back row: Danna Miller, Emily Stanek, Emma Bernhagen, Stephanie Orgas, Sara Mueller, Amanda Zasada, Emily Hackl and Colin Pustaver-Olson. Not pictured: Madison Anderson, Michael Ababio, Lucas Ensign, Zach Masa-Myers


PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Two free performances of the Interactive Opera and Opera Workshop Scenes event are being offered at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall. Dr. Susan Savage Day, UW-Platteville assistant professor of music and vocal area coordinator, is directing the event, which features 12 UW-Platteville students as well as Arianna Day of Platteville High School, and Lily Martin, Morgan Reese and Maggie Schmitt of Lancaster High School. Pianist Jill Hasker of Platteville is providing the accompaniment.

Performers will explore “The Many Faces of Women in Opera,” from the strong-willed to the naïve, through scenes from “Carmen,” “L’Elisir d’Amore,” “Giulio Cesare,” “Lakme,” “The Goose Girl” and “Die Fledermaus.” The event not only brings a taste of the art of opera to southwest Wisconsin but also showcases the creative talents of performers from various age groups while promoting a spirit of mentorship among students.

UW-Platteville students involved in the production include Michael Ababio of Platteville, Wis.; Madison Anderson of Wind Lake, Wis.; Emma Bernhagen of Cazenovia, Wis.; Lucas Ensign of Freeport, Ill.; Emily Hackl of Fond du Lac, Wis.; Zach Masa-Myers of Freeport, Ill.; Danna Miller of Oshkosh, Wis.; Sara Mueller of Forestville, Wis.; Stephanie Orgas of East Troy, Wis.; Colin Pustaver-Olson of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.; Emily Stanek of Hillsboro, Wis.; and Amanda Zasada of Platteville.

Students Grayson Basina of Evansville, Wis., and Lucas Pawelski of Stevens Point, Wis., are providing the scenic and lighting design. They are being advised by Jeffrey Strange, UW-Platteville resident designer and technical director and assistant professor of theatre.

Contact: Dr. Susan Savage Day, assistant professor and vocal area coordinator, UW-Platteville Department of Performing and Visual Arts, (608) 342-1085,

Written by: Barbara Weinbrenner, communications specialist, UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,


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