The third offering, “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” falls somewhere between the other two. Operetta “grew out of the French opera comique around the middle of the 19th century, to satisfy a need for short, light works in contrast to the full-length entertainment of the increasingly serious opera being offered up” (www.wikipedia.org). Seeking to satisfy the purists, while attracting the musical theatre enthusiast and drawing young folks into an unexplored world, the 2012 season of the DVO sounds as if it will fulfill the promises offered. Seizing on the many gifts of local talents, including “some incredible voices,” the community involvement provides a “rich pocket of opportunity,” Castel said, and the company is excited to share.
Educational outreach is a vital part of the organization’s commitment and includes “opportunities for teachers and students to participate in the professional production and performance of opera and musical theatre in our area.” An outreach “Youth experience,” a professional training program and workshop retreats are but a few of the programs offered, and the upcoming season, which debuts “Otello” on June 15, promises something for everyone. Visit www.delawarevalleyopera.org or call 845/252-3136.