ECU Opera Theater Fall 2023

Director: Daniel Shirley

The Tender Land

An opera in three acts by Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Chamber orchestration by Murry Sidlin
Presented by permission of Boosey & Hawkes

7:30pm on Friday, November 17, 2023
7:30pm on Saturday, November 18, 2023
2:30pm on Sunday, November 19, 2023

Arts of the Pamlico’s Historic Turnage Theatre
150 W. Main Street, Washington, NC 27889

Tickets will be available in advance at and or be purchased at the door with cash, check, or card.

$15 general admission; $5 students with ID (available at the door); $10 early seating add-on.
For group reservations (10+), please contact Daniel Shirley at 252-328-6247.

The isolated world of a rural family turns around the graduation of its elder daughter. Yet, she is unsure of her place in that world. It is invaded by two outsiders who excite in the girl dreams of a larger life.

Featuring a cast and orchestra of ECU School of Music undergraduate and graduate students. Directed by Dr. Daniel Shirley and conducted by Dr. Chris Buddo, with musical preparation by Prof. Eric Stellrecht.

For more information about ECU Opera Theater, please call 252-328-6247.

For all other information, call 252-328-6851.

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Past ECU Opera Theater Productions:

Spring Scenes 2023
The Ballad of Baby Doe 2022
The Prodigal Son/Sister Angelica 2022
The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert and Sullivan) 2021
Dreamer (Mark Taggart, Ann McCutchan) 2021
The Fantaskicks (Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt) 2020
Hansel and Gretel (Humperdink) 2019
A Little Night Music (Stephen Sondheim) 2019
Dialogues of the Carmelites (Francis Poulenc) 2018
Iolanthe (Gilbert and Sullivan ) 2017
Don Giovanni (W.A. Mozart) 2017
Four Saints in Three Acts (Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson) 2016
The Beggar’s Opera (John Gay, realized by Benjamin Britten) 2015
Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night-a celebration of the dramatic music of Ned Roem 2014
Idomeneo (Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Based on the play Idomenée by Antoine Danchet) 2014
Tales of Love and Loss from the British Isles (Opera Scenes by Elgar, Britten, and Vaughan Williams) and Riders to the Sea (An opera in one act based on the play by J.M. Synge, set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams) 2013
Lizzie Borden (Beeson) 2012
Insectaphobia (or, Bug Off!) (Macchia) 2013
Così fan tutte (Mozart) 2012
Così Quintet The Medium (Menotti) 2011
A Hand of Bridge (Barber) 2011
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Benjamin Britten) 2010
Mary Stuart (Gaetano Donizetti) 2011
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) 2010
The Consul (Menotti) 2009
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) 2009
HMS Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan) 2008
The Magic Flute(Mozart) 2008
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sondheim) 2007
The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti) 2007
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini) 2007
Curlew River (Britten) 2006
Il Re Pastore (Mozart) 2006
The Crucible (Robert Ward) 2005
Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc) 2005
A Hand of Bridge Acis and Galatea (Handel) 2004
Don Giovanni (Mozart) 2004
A Childhood Miracle (Rorem) 2003
Three Sisters who are not Sisters (Rorem) 2003
Albert Herring (Britten) 2003 Venus and Adonis (Blow) 2002
The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) 2001
Sinners and Saints (An evening of scenes from American Operas) 2001
The Rape of Lucretia (Britten) 2000
Così fan tutte (Mozart) 1999
Suor Angelica (Puccini) 1999
Martin’s Lie (Menotti) 1999
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