“La Vie Parisienne”at Faye

“La Vie Parisienne”at Faye

Paulina Ranirez

Paulina Ranirez

The Conservatory of Music’s Pacific Opera Theatre presented an adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s “La Vie Parisienne” at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3. “La Vie Parisienne” also featured the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Nicolas Waldvogel.
Professor of Opera James Haffner directs Pacific Opera Theatre, with musical coaching from Burr Cochran-Phillips. “La Vie Parisienne” is an operetta of 17 singing actors that provides a parody of Parisian life in the 1800s.
This four-part comedy was revisited and adapted for the current era, with many of the original elements of humor still ringing true today.
One unique characteristic of University of the Pacific’s choral cast is its composition as an undergraduate program. This presents a challenge for operas with older characters, deeper voices or challenging vocal pieces, but offers an educational opportunity for Haffner in his workshops.
“La Vie Parisienne” was selected for its challenges and synergy with each unique actor.
Adam Green ’17, playing the role of maître d’ Marcel, expressed the intensity and hard work needed for putting on any one of the eight performances he and his fellow seniors have completed in their short time at University of the Pacific. “It’s hard; we practice up to 10 hours a week. Choral shows have different roles, and everyone has a part to play. All hands are on deck, especially with a large cast.”
Haffner attributed the success of his opera to the individual focus each student is provided, rigorous training and the overall experience each actor receives at University of the Pacific.
Members of the opera theatre group are encouraged to embrace the work and overcome.

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Editor-in-Chief of The Pacifican 2016-17.

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Jeremy Gottschalk

Editor-in-Chief of The Pacifican 2016-17.
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