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Opera Laurier fonds
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- Multiple media
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- Opera Laurier
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87.5 cm of textual records
0.5 cm of graphic material
63 slides : col.
28 audio cassettes
25 video cassettes : VHS
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Opera Laurier is a function of the Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Music, staging two on-campus productions each year. In the fall term, it presents Opera Excerpts, an evening of operatic scenes around a unifying theme, and in the winter term, it performs a full opera, including Canadian and world premieres.
Opera Laurier is made up of voice performance students enrolled in the Practice of Opera course, along with other current students and alumni volunteers. Professionals work with students as stage directors and facilitators. Students gain real-world experience, not only learning the singing, movement and acting inherent in opera but also elements of stagecraft and production, including costume design and prop building, hair and makeup, set building, lighting, stage management and publicity.
Students are also challenged to be creative and resourceful while putting the production together. Time is limited by the academic calendar, while set design, costumes and lighting are governed by a tight budget.
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Fonds contains records relating to Opera Laurier performances including programs, promotional material, planning material, audio recordings and video recordings.
For many performances, the records include production books outlining stage blocking, lighting cues and other information as well as annotated scores.
Immediate source of acquisition
Material was acquired from Leslie De'ath, professor in the Faculty of Music and Music Director for the Opera Program. Accruals are received from the Faculty of Music.
Previous Identifiers: RG-16.2
Fonds was processed in May 2016 and updated in October 2021. It was reprocessed to restore original order in October 2022.
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Access to performance recordings is provided for personal and educational purposes only. For all other uses, please contact the Faculty of Music.
Photographs and news releases are available to view in our Digital Collections database: https://images.ourontario.ca/Laurier/3627062/data?grn=Opera%20Laurier&rows=20&p=3
Further accruals are expected.
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