NOVA Center for the Performing Arts -- Billings, Montana

Festival of One Act Operas

Festival of One-Act Operas

Show Dates To be Determined 


The Impresario (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Frank, the impresario (along with the buffo singer, Buff, who assists him) audition two actresses to be part of his new theatrical company. While both are hired, they then argue over who will get the prime role and who will be paid the most. To illustrate their strengths, each sings a striking aria to back her claim (Herz: "Da schlägt die Abschiedsstunde", Silberklang: "Bester Jüngling"). An agreement is reached when the tenor, Vogelsang, intervenes, in what Julian Rushton describes as a hilarious trio, "Ich bin die erste Sängerin" (I am the prima donna) compromise is agreed to, with each receiving "large salaries and star billing".The work ends with the quartet "Jeder Künstler strebt nach Ehre" (Every artist strives for glory).

Sister Angelica (Giacomo Puccini Giovacchino Forzano) - The tragic tale of a woman who bears a child out of wedlock and is sent to a convent to repent for her sins. The opera follows the sisters on a particular holiday in their year, a celebration of May and the start of spring, when the evening sun lights the font in their courtyard golden. The opening of the opera follows the normal daily routines of the nuns: we see them being scolded for speaking out of turn or not completing tasks, gossiping about their sisters, and laughing together. Life continues as normal until one of the Touriers brings news of a splendid coach outside. The bell rings announcing a visitor, and the Abbess calls Sister Angelica to greet her aunt, the Princess, who has come to ask her to sign some papers. Despite the Abbess’s warnings, Angelica is overcome with emotion at her Aunt’s presence, the first visitor she’s had in seven years.


Cast List

Impresario by Mozart, sung in English
Director                   Mary Ann Connors
Pianist                     Stephanie Davis
Scruples                  Doug Nagel
Bluff                         Kieran Beebe
Mr. Angel                 Ben Meyer
Md. Goldentrill         Drew Murray
Miss Silverpeal        Sarah Waggoner

Sister Angelica by Puccini, sung in English
Director                         Katelyn Meyer

Assistant to the Director and Stage Manager  William Stearns,
Pianist                           Stephanie Davis
Angelica                         Drew Murray
Princess                         Michelle Berger
Abbess                           Debra Gloor
Monitor                           Hillary Lester
Mistress of Novices      Jane Van Dyk
Genevieve                      Sarah Waggoner
Genevieve cover            Laurie Sutphin
Osmina                            Abby Tidlow-Tranel
Dolcina                            Beatrice Layton
Nursing Sister                 Meagan Norbury
Lay Sister Solo               Meghan Kilroy
Lay Sister Duet               Grace Mock & Meghan Kilroy
Nun’s Chorus                  Debra Gloor, Meghan Kilroy, Jane Van Dyk, Hillary Lester, Abby Tidlow-Tranel, Kathryn Clark, Meagan Norbury, Grace Mock, Beatrice Layton, Mic Dawson, Laurie Sutphin



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