ON STAGE: ‘La Canterina,’ a Comedy – WESTMONT COLLEGE MUSIC DRAMA WORKSHOP BRINGS ITS FIRST, FULL-LENGTH OPERA TO CENTER STAGE FOR TWO NIGHTS OF JOSEPH HAYDN’S COMEDIC OPERA, ‘LA CANTERINA’

For young singers, entry into a full-length opera performance can be a daunting jump.

Opera offers a host of taxing verbal challenges, and the requisite hours spent onstage for a full evening take a physical and mental toll; it’s best for new performers to ease into opera.

So for Westmont College Music Drama Workshop’s first presentation of a full opera, director Celeste Tavera (a Westmont professor and experienced soprano singer) needed the right opera, something lighthearted and accessible. more

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