Culver Center Presents Dvorák Opera May 30

UCR Choral Society Opera Chorus will perform“The Stubborn Lovers, Comic Opera in One Act, Opus 17”

Antonin Dvorák

Antonin Dvorák (1841-1904)

RIVERSIDE, Calif.—UCR ARTSblock is collaborating with the UC Riverside Choral Society Opera Chorus and the UCR Department of Music to present the first English-language performance of “The Stubborn Lovers, Comic Opera in One Act, Opus 17” in the Culver Center Atrium on Thursday, May 30, at 8 p.m.  Admission is free.

“The Stubborn Lovers” was Antonin Dvorák’s first mature opera. “Opus 17” requires a cast of five soloists, and contains an overture, solos, duets, trios and choruses in 16 scenes. Although Dvorák finished composing the libretto in 1874, the premiere was not given until Oct. 2, 1881, at the New Czech Theatre, Prague. Following a performance in celebration of the composer’s 60th birthday in 1901, the opera became a part of the Czech opera repertoire.

UCR music lecturer G. Edward Bruner, conductor and translator of the original Czech opera to English, said, “The two-year project of making a new Dvorák edition of ‘Tvrdé Palice’ (‘The Stubborn Lovers’) was a very involved project that included translating the work from the original Czech into English, finding personnel to perform the work, and procuring the assistance of the UCR music department and its chair, Paulo Chagas, CHASS FIRST director Geoff Cohen and the dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Stephen Cullenberg. to produce this performance.”

Abraham Fabella, UCR Department of Music pianist, will provide music for the performance. Soloists will include Camelia Voin, Leslie Inman, Daniel Plaster, Norman Gross, and Ralph Cato. The UCR Choral Society Opera Chorus will complete the performance.

Bruner holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting and musicology from the University of Illinois and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees in vocal performance and composition from Drake University Conservatory of Music. His vocal training includes study with William Warfield, Jon Humphrey, and John Wustmann. His areas of specialization include early music, baroque music, and music of the 20th and 21st centuries. As a countertenor, he has performed with the Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Estonia State Symphony, Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Los Angeles Bach Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

The UCR Choral Society studies and performs significant choral literature from all periods of music history. The ensemble is open to UCR students, faculty and members of the community at large. The chorus performs several times a year on campus, in Riverside area churches, and/or performance venues in the city of Los Angeles. Bruner is the conductor.

UCR ARTSblock is composed of the California Museum of Photography, the Sweeney Art Gallery, and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, located at 3824 and 3834 Main St., Riverside. ARTSblock’s mission is to provide a cultural presence, educational resource, community center and intellectual meeting ground for the university and the community. Hours of operation are  noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, plus 6 p.m.-9 p.m. for First Thursday ArtWalks. Admission is $3, which includes entry to all three venues, and is free during First Thursday ArtsWalks. For film screenings, Culver Center opens 30 minutes prior to the start time.

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