SNU School of Music Presents Full-Length Opera, Little Women

The SNU School of Music will present the collegiate premiere of the opera, Little Women by Mark Adamo, Friday and Saturday, November 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 pm in Cantrell Music Hall, located just north of 39th and College on the campus of SNU.

Based on the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott, Mark Adamo’s Little Women is a new American opera destined to become a classic. Sung in English, Little Women gives audiences a glimpse into the life of one New England family during the Civil War. Come see sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy come to life on stage. This heartwarming story tells of Jo’s struggle with the inevitable change that time brings.

The cast, made up of nineteen SNU students, is directed by Cherrie Hampton, professor of voice. Accompaniment is provided by the SNU orchestra under the direction of Dr. Melissa Lewis, professor of orchestra. Soloists Chrissie Nutting, junior; Audra Cobb, sophomore; Sarah Cantley, junior and Marti Callies, senior, play the four March sisters.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to put on an American opera written by an American composer, Mark Adamo,” Hampton said. “This is our first time to do a full-length, two-hour opera.” Hampton, who also directed Aaron Copeland’s Tender Land last fall, believes the magnitude of the music is incredible, far more difficult from operas the School of Music has produced in the past. “It takes advanced students to perform in such a challenging work,” Hampton said.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and free for SNU students with student ID. For more information, contact the SNU School of Music at 491.6345 or email rspear@snu.edu.