Affirmations of the University – Newman student part of Wichita Grand Opera production ‘William Tell’

Feb 20, 2014

Newman University senior Brittany Jonas will be a member of the chorus in the Wichita Grand Opera production of Gioachino Rossini’s masterpiece “William Tell,” at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 in the Century II Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall. The production will mark the third opera Jonas has appeared in. She is currently a senior at Newman University and is double majoring in theatre and biology. 

The Wichita Grand Opera writes about the opera on its website:

In spite of its enormous popularity, glorious music, and gripping plot, only the “William Tell Overture” has maintained a presence in the concert hall as an orchestral showpiece. The rest of the opera is virtually unknown to modern audiences. Most companies regard the work as either too difficult or too expensive to perform. If performed in its entirety, William Tell is nearly four hours of Rossini’s most brilliant music. Wichita Grand Opera’s production, though, is conceptually based on the San Antonio Festival’s 1984 production – which was also produced by Mr. Parvan Bakardiev, now the President and CEO of Wichita Grand Opera. The production has been carefully shortened to just 2 ½ hours of music without damaging the spirit of the opera either musically or dramatically.

Read more about the opera here:

To purchase tickets call the Wichita Grand Opera Box Office at 316.262.8054 or go online at