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Ashley L.B.Willisch (2006). Senior Project: “Opera Workshop Production and Performance: Scenes of Love and Loss” My senior project was to manage and produce a performance by the Wagner College Opera Workshop given at the Campus Hall Performance Center on April 20, 2006. My responsibilities included program preparation, stage management, and preparing the performance space. Opera Workshop is a College course offered by the Music Department. In the course, Wagner students experience the charms and challenges of opera performance by preparing arias, scenes, and even entire acts from several operas. Students study the librettos of the operas in their original languages, including French, German, Italian, and English. They also study staging and costume. This semester students performedthe first act of Verdi’s La Traviata, as well as selections from Mozart’s Barber of Seville and Così fan tutte and Puccini’s La Bohème. For the performance, Wagner students collaborated with graduate performance students from the Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers University. I prepared the program for the performance after conducting extensive research in historical performance practice and music-theoretical analysis.

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