DuPage Opera Theatre
The DuPage Opera Theatre (DOT) is one of three professional opera companies located in the Chicago area, along with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Opera Theater. Founded in 1977 as a resident, professional ensemble at the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, DuPage Opera has mounted several hundred performances since its inception.
DuPage Opera Theatre performs in the 793-seat mainstage of the Arts Center. The Arts Center celebrated its grand opening on October 10, 1986, and 12 years later was renamed the Harold D. McAninch Arts Center. The MAC, as it is commonly referred to, is home to three resident professional ensembles: Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, DuPage Opera Theatre, and New Philharmonic, as well as the Gahlberg Gallery, a space for visual art exhibition.
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Harold Bauer was the founding Artistic Director and conductor of the company. Kirk Muspratt is the current Artistic Director and Music Director, a position that he has held since July 2004. Muspratt has garnered international critical acclaim as a "born opera conductor" (Rheinische Post), "a knowledgeable musician who delivers superbly controlled, gorgeously shaped readings" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), and "friend to local music" (Midwest Beat Magazine). The Los Angeles Times declared "Watch him!"
In December 2006, Muspratt was named "Chicagoan of the Year" in classical music by John von Rhein and the staff of the Chicago Tribune. In his first four seasons, productions at the DuPage Opera Theatre featured Le nozze di Figaro, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, Faust, Otello and Tosca. In 2008, Muspratt stated that by tackling such renowned operas as Otello, "we are showcasing DuPage Opera's growth and new vision."
DOT's productions of the last 20 years include:
- Così fan tutte (1991)
- The Barber of Seville (1993, 2005)
- Jenůfa (1994)
- Don Pasquale (1994)
- Die Fledermaus (1995)
- Amahl and the Night Visitors (1995, 2003)
- Lazarus by (1996)
- La rondine (1996)
- The Marriage of Figaro (1997, 2004)
- The Elixir of Love (1997, 2009)
- Abduction from the Seraglio (1998)
- Carmen (1998, 2006)
- The Merry Widow (1999)
- La bohème (1999, 2007)
- Fidelio (2000)
- The Merry Wives of Windsor (2000)
- Werther (2001)
- The Magic Flute (2001)
- Tosca (2002, 2008)
- Susannah (2002)
- Don Giovanni (2003)
- La traviata (2004)
- Faust (2005)
- Hansel and Gretel (2007)
- Otello (2008)
- The Beggar's Opera (2009)
- Turandot (2010)
- Gianni Schicchi (2011)
- "DuPage Opera Theatre Stages Verdi's Otello", The Beacon News (2008). Print
- New Philharmonic, College of DuPage
- Von Rhein, John. "Kirk Muspratt: Making the Orchestra Accessible", Chicago Tribune, 31 December 2006. Print.