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Postcard from Morocco

By Dominick Argento

University Opera Theatre with members of the

University Philharmonia Orchestra

Sung in English

Power Center for the Performing Arts

Thursday, March 20- Sunday, March 23, 2008


The Story:
Set in a train station in 1914, Postcard from Morocco explores the human mind through seven travelers who are characterized by their possessions: a lady with a hand mirror, a lady with a hat box, a lady with a cake box, a man with old luggage, a man with a shoe sample kit, and a man with a cornet case. The only named character, Mr. Owen, carries a paint box. As the enigmatic travelers await the next train, they begin to share the fantasies, dreams and lies that people only share with strangers. Interspersed with entertainments from puppets, mimes, and the café orchestra, each traveler carefully guards their secrets and possessions until truths are unexpectedly and wrenchingly revealed.

Artistic Significance:

Composer Dominick Argento is considered to be one of America's leading composers of lyric opera, having written over thirteen operas and numerous song-cycles – many of which have been written specifically for leading opera singers including the 1996 “A Few Words About Chekov” written for Frederica von Stade, Hakan Hagegard and Martin Katz. Argento received the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Music and the 2004 Grammy for "Best Classical Contemporary Composition" for von Stade's recording of his Casa Guidi. His 1971 opera with John Donahue, Postcard from Morocco, placed Argento on the international opera scene. Postcard’s score is richly melodic, featuring a brilliant variety of musical flavors borrowing from ragtime and popular music along with a deft parody of Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. The New York Times declared the score “listenable, entertaining, and very beautiful.” Don’t miss this witty, sensitive, and 95-minute work nicely wrapped in an exotic package.



  March 20 & 22, 2008 March 21 & 23, 2008
Coloratura soprano Jennifer Rossetti Kelly Holst
Soprano  Jody Doktor Leonora Green
Mezzo soprano Jennifer Trombley Cynthian Brundage
Lyric tenor  Dustin L. Scott Bernard D. Holcomb
Tenor Steven Tompkins Brian Tanner
Baritone George Cornelius Wes Mason
Bass Edward Hanlon Andrew Munn


Marketing artwork for Postcard from Morocco


Director Joshua Major
Conductor Douglas Kinney Frost
Scenic Designer Vincent Mountain
Costume Designer Rachel Laritz
Lighting Designer

Joseph R. Walls

Stage Manager Brett Finley

Production Photos

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower