Bemidji State Opera Theater’s “The 1950s in Three Short Operas” explored themes of desire, distraction and drama in a throwback to “simpler” times on Feb. 24, 25 and 26 in the Main Theater of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.
Inspired by the fashion, technology and culture of the United States in the 1950s, the production featured renditions of “The Telephone” by Gian Carlo Menotti, “A Hand of Bridge” by Samuel Barber and “Gallantry” by Douglas Moore.
“The 1950s In Three Short Operas” was supported by a cast and crew of nearly 40 students, faculty, staff and community members. BSU Technology, Art & Design students designed and constructed the set, a new collaboration between the BSU Opera Theater and TAD programs.
“After over a decade of making opera here in northern Minnesota, I continue to be amazed at the abilities and dedication of the students here at BSU,” Dr. Cory Renbarger, associate professor of music and director of opera theater, said. “They tackled a very difficult production with poise and came together for a true collaborative achievement. Together, we are proud of what we continue to accomplish and thank our many patrons and fans that have shared this grand art form with us.”
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a grant from the Regional 2 Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.