Committee Hopes to Bring Opera to Duluth

Classic Arts News   Committee Hopes to Bring Opera to Duluth
A committee of arts leaders is hoping to start a summer opera festival in Duluth, Minnesota, by 2006, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The group is led by Martha Firling, a local educator, and Craig Fields, the artistic director of Opera Roanoke, in Roanoke, Virginia. Plans for Festival Opera are still developing, but according to the paper, Firling hopes that the festival might eventually include theater and ballet.

No budget figures have been released, but Fields cited the size of the Fargo-Moorhead Opera, which puts up two full-scale operas per year, as a goal eventually to be surpassed.

Fields has discussed the possibility of using the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra as the festival's pit orchestra with DSSO executive director Andrew Berryhill. He told the News Tribune that he hoped to create new sets and costumes to "put our own artistic stamp on everything we do."

Duluth has not had a regular opera season since the mid 1980s.

The committee presented its plans for the festival at an informal cabaret over the weekend at the Sacred Heart Music Center.

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