ECU Opera Theater to perform in Washington

ECU Opera Theater will perform a tradition rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe at the Turnage Theater in Washington, NC.


Iolanthe is a nineteenth century opera first performed in London, England. It’s a tale about a fairy, Iolanthe, who gets banished for marrying a mortal. Conflict breaks out when Iolanthe’s son Strephon is seen hugging her by Phyllis, the girl Strephon wants to marry. She doesn’t recognize Iolanthe as Strephon’s mother, which sets off a confrontation between the fairies and the members of the House of Peers.


John Kramar, professor of voice, will direct the opera. Although he took a few liberties with specifically British or political items to make the production more relevant to the times, the show is still set in mid-nineteenth century Britain. “I chose to produce Iolanthe this semester because its large cast is appropriate for this particular opera” he said. The last ECU Opera Theater production was Mozart’s Don Giovanni, which featured a smaller cast, Kramar felt that Iolanthe offered more students performing opportunities. “I love the opera’s commentary on society and politics” Kramar said. He noted the humor in how relevant the show is to our world right now. He also enjoys to reminisce on his days as a student at the Brevard Music Festival where he sang the ensemble of Iolanthe.


The Opera will open on Friday November 3 at the Turnage Theater in Washington, NC at 7:30 p.m. There are two performances on Saturday November 4 at 2:30 and 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at or at 252-946-2504.


-By Catherine Lochner, candidate for the BS in Communication