Opera Students Get Lives Back (temporarily)


SIMPSON – Fall has arrived at Simpson, and with it have come red leaves, pumpkin spice everything, Halloween door decorations, and a multitude of ghosts wandering around campus. But these are not your ordinary phantoms; they are simply sleep-deprived opera students.

These performers have spent hours each night in rehearsal for weeks, often times needing to stay up all night to do homework and make up for the lost time. But now, after the final curtain call of this weekend’s performances of Venus and Adonis and Dido and Aeneas, the students will have a chance to breathe and pull their lives back together.

Freshmen student Hankel Haldin says “Now I’ll have time to procrastinate. I can finally have time to be irresponsible and do normal college things.” Haldin said that instead of putting off his essays, he has been forced to write them on legal pads during rehearsal. Now he can relax and wait to write his essays until the night before they’re due.

Another student, Danielle Johnson, rejoices in her newfound liberty. “I’m going to dye my hair,” she announced. “They can’t control me anymore. I am free to do anything I want.”

At press time, Haldin’s classmate Eric Mathis warned that the reprieve from singing will be short-lived. For winter is coming, and with it will come the relentless rehearsals for the Madrigal Dinner.

By Rachel Shapiro

P.S. Congrats to all of our opera students on a successful production this weekend!

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