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Master class with composer Adam Guettel Friday 1:00

Invitation: Guettel, composer of The Light in the Piazza, coaches voice students in the professional techniques that go into an outstanding performance.


In celebration of UM Opera Theatre's upcoming production of The Light in the Piazza—and of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mississippi writer Elizabeth Spencer, who penned the novel upon which the musical is based—UM Music presents the show's composer, Adam Guettel, in a residency this week.

Join us for a master class featuring Guettel working with voice students, Friday, November 5th from 1:00-1:50 in Nutt Auditorium. The master class process provides a fascinating look into the life of a professional performer, and an unfolding of the hidden techniques, skills, and strategies that go into a top-notch performance. Interesting for performers and a general audience alike.

MUS100 credit will be available. All residency activities are free and open to the public.

We're grateful to the following for their support of the Adam Guettel Residency at UM Music:

  • the Center for the Study of Southern Culture
  • the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies
  • the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College
  • the UM Lecture Series
  • the Mississippi Humanities Council

About the show:
The Light in the Piazza's 
rich emotional score makes it notable among recent Broadway musicals. Unapologetically lyrical and romantic, it transports the audience to the 1950s world of Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara, Americans abroad in Florence. When a fateful gust of wind introduces Clara to handsome young Italian Fabrizio Nacarelli, it’s love at first sight.

But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and this story of how Clara, Margaret, Fabrizio, and Signor Nacarelli negotiate emotion, love, hope, and clashing cultures – and the acclaimed musical score that underpins their journey – won the show six Tony awards, including Best Original Score.

The Broadway production, based on Mississippi author Elizabeth Spencer's novella, also won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music. The Ole Miss production of the show also observes what would have been the author's 100th birthday this past summer.

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Sponsored by: UM Department of Music, Living Music Resource, Sarah Isom Center, CSSC and more