Opera Workshop

Fall 2021 Production

Trial by Jury by Gilbert & Sullivan
Directed by David DeBlieck and Irina Stene

This year’s opera workshop production is a farcical one act opera by the prolific composer/lyricist duo from the late 19th century, Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert. The show centers around a ludicrous court case involving the breach of a marriage contact. The jilted bride and her bridesmaids plead their case while the philandering groom defends himself on the grounds of youthful, fickle love.

This year’s cast includes Danielle Anderson, Nathan Beal, Ethan Carson, Elizabeth Christman, Tanavia Gilbert, Mearan Girgen, Michael Kennedy, Abbie Kluiter, Clare Lamb, Luis Martinez Mejia, Olivia Schleper and Durran Thompson along with the dancing talents of Lizbet Martinez-Port, Jazmin Meza and Geonn Taylor.

Our live pit orchestra will be conducted by Dr Irina Stene and will feature the musical talents of Sophie Hazen, Erin Kammueller, Lily Simms and Marleigh Van Dellen.

Come see the show! 
October 21 | 8:00 p.m.
October 22  | 8:00 p.m.
October 23 | 2:00 p.m.
Location: Stephen B Humphrey Theater (SJU)
This event is free and no reservations are needed.

The CSB/SJU Opera Workshop provides an opportunity for students to give in-depth study, practice, and presentation of classical and contemporary works of opera and musical theater. The group regularly stages full operas as well as revues and excerpts from a variety of stage works. Participation is by audition only and requires the consent of the directors, Irina Stene and David DeBlieck. Interested students should register for MUSC 358 for 0-2 credits.

Concert Series 2021-2022

Fall 2021

October 21 & 22 | 8:00 p.m.
October 23 | 2:00 p.m.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Amy Grinsteiner
Chair, Music Department


SJU Music 106

Kelly Brueske
Coordinator, Music Department


SJU Music 110