Menotti: The Medium and The Telephone
Oct. 30 – 7:30 PM
Nov. 1 – 2:00 PM
Sunday Matinee and Post Performance 'Talk-Back' with the cast
Nov. 5 – 7:30 PM
Thursday Evening Performance and Post Performance YOLO Cocktail Hour
Nov. 7– 7:30 PM
All programs and artists subject to change.
Opera in the Heights Present: The Telephone and The Medium
In The Medium, Madame Flora holds a séance and invites her guests’ dear departed children to speak to them, and they do! It’s all a sham, but when threatening, un-staged events occur, the medium becomes afraid, and suspects those around her. Add too much alcohol to this situation and in true operatic fashion, someone has to die before the curtain falls.
Technology can be a distraction where matters of the heart are concerned. Ask anyone whose lover’s attention is continually on her smartphone, and not on him! In The Telephone, Ben can’t connect with Lucy until he wisely uses the technology she favors.
These two mid-twentieth century compositions by Gian Carlo Menotti make an ideal double bill.
Lynda Keith McKnight
Lynda Keith McKnight, stage director, has directed seven productions for Opera in the Heights including La tragedie de Carmen, Cosi fan tutte, Macbeth, Rigoletto, and La Traviata. She also directs regularly with the UH Moores Opera Center, most recently in performances of The Consul and L’Elisir d’amore. In addition to her work as a stage director, Dr. McKnight, a soprano, made her stage debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1991 in the world premiere of John Corgliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles, and has sung professionally with opera companies and orchestras throughout the world. Dr. McKnight holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Opera Directing from the University of Houston Moores School of Music, where she currently serves as a faculty member in Vocal Studies and Opera. In addition, she holds both a Master of Music in Voice and an Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Baylor University.