Bob Opens His Drawers
tabloid-worthy scenes from operatic potboilers are guaranteed to
satisfy theatergoers, opera virgins, and fussy opera queens alike.
The seldom-heard music is by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi with a
running commentary by Opera Bob's own resident composer, Dr. Phil
Fried. (Who IS Bob anyway?)
Direction by: Eric
Tricia Van Ee, Chandler Molbert, Tara Laberge, Angie Keeton, Obed
Floan, Maggie Lofboom
Minnesota Fringe Festival
U of Minnesota
Rarig Center Thrust Stage
330 21st Ave. South
Sat, August 1-8:30 PM
Sun, Aug 2-10 PM
Mon, Aug 3 -7 PM
Wed, Aug 5 -7 PM
Sat, Aug 8-1 PM
Advance tickets at fringefestival.org
or (866) 811-4111.
Reservation fees apply.
Extraordinary Singers Debut
Together in Opera Bob at Minnesota's Fringe Festival.
A newborn in Minnesota's
artistic realm, Opera Bob will make its debut during the popular [Minnesota]
Fringe Festival in August. Founded in 2008 by well-seasoned opera professionals
Will Graham, artistic director and Janet Gottschall Fried, general manager,
Opera Bob will present seldom-performed opera scenes sung by emerging
professionals. Emphasizing opera's core values of music, voice and
character, the Fringe production provides talented singers opportunities
for growth and experience, and gives audiences opportunities to hear
exciting repertoire and voices. "There are extremely talented young
singers in the Twin Cities, with limited opportunities for opera productions,"
said Graham. "Janet and I want to showcase these singers, giving home
audiences a chance to hear them before they are snatched up by major
Graham recently returned to
Minnesota after years working with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute
at the North Carolina School of the Arts, as Artistic Director of the
National Opera Company, and as Chairman of the Opera Department and
Director of the Opera Institute at Boston University School for the
Arts. Graham has directed for Minnesota Opera, Opera New England, Opera
South, Western Opera Theatre, National Opera Company, Kansas City Lyric
Opera and the Lyric Opera of Cleveland. Soprano and teacher, Gottschall
Fried has trained several of the Opera Bob singers in her studio over
the past ten years. Opera Bob's music director is Eric McEnaney.
Opera Bob can be heard in five performances during the
[Minnesota]Fringe Festival at Rarig Theatre, Thrust Stage (330 21st
Avenue South, Minneapolis. Information and advance tickets can
be found at www.fringefestival.org or by calling (866)-811-4111. August
1, 8:30 p.m.; August 2, 10 p.m.; August 3, 7 p.m.; August 5, 7 p.m.;
and, August 8, 1 p.m.
Opera Bob's Press Release