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GLOW takes ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ on a tour of Greenville

Three Nights at the Opera Views: 115 For the average person, the term “opera” likely elicits less-than-positive reactions and conjures up all sorts of images, possibly of a giant, bellowing woman wearing a two-horned Viking helmet, holding forth in an unintelligible language. Jenna Tamisiea, GLOW Lyric Theatre’s artistic director, understands. “Some of the stereotypes are...


Christian Elser seeks to make opera less intimidating

Donna Isabel Walker | City People – The Greenville News  December 19, 2012 Christian Elser loves opera, but he knows that some people find it intimidating or hard to understand. Elser, one of the founders of Greenville Light Opera Works, set out to “demystify” opera, to give others the chance to see it as he does....


Jenna Tamisiea | All Aglow

Sheril Turner | skirt! Greenville When they moved to the Upstate and realized there was no vocal arts organizations, Jenna and her fiancé Christian decided to start one of their own. “We’re so happy to be producing our inaugural season of Greenville Light Opera Works (GLOW)  at Centre Stage Theatre. I love directing operetta because it combines beautiful...


You GLOW Girls (and Boys)

Jacque Foster | Visions – The Magazine of Junior League of Greenville When Maddie*, a lovely, outgoing, four-year-old girl signed up for summer camp, she was barely speaking in complete sentences. Her mom “warned” the teaching staff of her difficulty communicating… Sweet 16-year-old Margaret* wasn’t fitting in at school. She wasn’t popular, athletic and was struggling academically. Her...


GLOW’s ‘Don Pasquale’ a satisfying treat

Paul Hyde | Metromix As operas go, “Don Pasquale” is something of a cream puff. It’s not surprising that Greenville Light Opera Works would treat Donizetti’s rich comedy more like a sugary confection than a substantial main course. Jenna Tamisiea’s energetic staging of the 1843 bel canto opera at Centre Stage revels in silliness with expansive gestures and...


Greenville Light Opera Works’ ‘Mikado’ charms

Paul Hyde | Greenville News There’s a moment in Greenville Light Opera Works’ production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” that, by itself, is worth the price of admission. The Lord High Executioner, Ko-Ko (superbly played by DeMar Neal), recites the famous List Song of people “who never would be missed.” In this updated version of the ditty,...


GLOW’s ‘Die Fledermaus’ bubbles over with talent

Paul Hyde | GreenvilleOnline.com When in doubt, blame it on the champagne. That’s the deepest moral one is likely to divine in “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”), Johann Strauss Jr.’s witty 1874 operetta which is enjoying an appropriately frothy staging by Greenville Light Opera Works at Centre Stage.

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