San Diego State University Lyric Opera Theatre

Artistic Director - Michelle Ayres Music Director - Michael Gerdes Chorus Master - Patrick Walders Assistant Director - Bryan Bolzenthal

San Diego State University Lyric Opera Theatre

San Diego , CA
United States
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  • Mondays: 16:00- 18:00
  • Wednesdays: 16:00- 18:00
  • Fridays: 16:00- 18:00

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Check out our press release!! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - KPBS Lizbeth Persons Price Arts Public Affairs Specialist SDSU College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (619) 254-9965; SDSU Lyric Opera Theatre presents Menotti’s Opera Buffa Amelia Goes to the Ball Production includes added nightclub act of forgotten Hollywood Film music by Kurt Weill (San Diego, CA) – The SDSU Lyric Opera Theatre presents Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera buffa Amelia Goes to the Ball on Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Smith Recital Hall. Michelle Ayres directs. In Amelia Goes to the Ball, Amelia, a young Italian socialite, is determined to attend the first ball of the season, however, her husband has discovered that she has a lover and refuses to accompany her unless she reveals his name. General melee breaks out. Will Amelia make it to the ball? SDSU’s production of Amelia Goes to the Ball is a “who done it” opera set in 1938 Hollywood Film Noir style, and includes a bonus nightclub-style second act featuring little known Hollywood film music written by Kurt Weill and arranged by SDSU faculty member Robert Meffe. “One of the wonderful and unique aspects of Michelle Ayre's vision for this production was to include a selection of lesser known Kurt Weill compositions to enhance Menotti's Amelia Goes to the Ball, creating a "show within the show," comments Meffe. “Performers will sing these wonderful songs with lyrics from some of the greatest poets of their time, including Alan Lerner, Ira Gershwin, and Ogden Nash, in a glamorous setting, as if they were the great movie star idols of Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s. For me, it was an especially fulfilling challenge to develop arrangements for a student jazz combo that rose to the elevated style of this time period.” "I decided to update Amelia goes to the Ball to 1938, the original era when Menotti wrote and premiered the opera,” explains Director Ayres. “Amelia is a movie starlette and her husband, a big time movie producer. The opera chorus act as guests at Amelia’s opening night party costumed as movie stars from the 1930’s such as Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland and Errol Flynn. The action takes place in Amelia’s Mansion during the Hollywood post German Experimental, pre-Film Noir period and is beautifully represented by the collaborative work of our student designers.” Tickets for Amelia Goes to the Ball are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors, can can be purchased through the online box office at, or at the box office window one hour before the performance. The SDSU School of Music and Dance presents over 200 concerts, recitals, and dance performances each year. More information can be found on the School’s website at, by calling 619-594-1017, or by connecting on Facebook or Twitter. SDSU School of Music and Dance The study of music was an early area of concentration at San Diego State University. Among the first seven professors hired in 1898 when the university was chartered, one was a music professor. By 1907 the Department of Music at San Diego State University began conferring degrees, and a commitment to excellence in artistic innovation was dedicated. The commitment fostered a long legacy of educational and musical leadership for the program. Today it flourishes as the SDSU School of Music and Dance. For more information visit

Published on 2014-11-09 16:39:19 GMT

Pop up with Arts Alive - SDSU Library - @ 2:15pm Come hear a taste of Amelia goes to the Ball (Gian Carlo Menotti) and Hollywood Nightclub (Kurt Weill Pastiche)

Published on 2014-11-07 22:33:36 GMT

Yippee!!! Our Arts Alive SDSU pop up event with our fab singers from San Diego State University Lyric Opera Theatre in the SDSU Aztec Book Store was awesome and totally fun! A full heartfelt thanks to: David De Melo Crash Thunderbolt Lisa Nicole Parente Amanda Olea Nicholas Newton Jasmine Gonzalez and Ivan Ochoa!! You all sang beautifully and were ooeed and aahhed by the crowd. A most special thanks to our SDSU Lyric Opera Theatre pianist - Susie Shick!!! Thank you Ben Eisenstein, manager of the book store, Dani Bedau and the whole Arts Alive Team!!