Patience is a pointed satire of the Aesthetic Movement, which flourished in mid-19th century England and United States. “Art for Art’s Sake” was its followers' motto. More than 135 years since its premiere, today’s audience will still relate to this brilliant parody of art and to the meaning of love.
In the operetta, all the upper-class young ladies in the village, rapturously caught up in aestheticism, have conceived an affection for two aesthetic poets — a "fleshly" poet and an "idyllic" poet. But the poets are both in love with Patience, the simple village milkmaid, who cares nothing for poetry or art. Patience learns from the ladies that true love must be completely unselfish--it must “wither and sting and burn!” The girls' Dragoon Guard ex-boyfriends don't see the point to aesthetics, but they are willing to attempt their own “transfiguration” into devoted followers to win them back.
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Reginald Bunthorne: Taylor Krug
Archibald Grosvenor: Alex Barta
Colonel Calvery: Tyrie Williams
The Duke of Dunstable: Brady Ritland
Major Murgatroyd: Anthony Peralta
Patience: Tessa Hartl
Lady Jane: Kate Allen
Lady Angela: Katie Zerbst
Lady Saphir: Angela Spidahl
Lady Ella: Erin Ehlis
The 35th Dragoon Guards: Floyd Althoff, Seth Brandl, Micah Nicolai, Ayden Smith, Marshall Ziegler
Lovesick Maidens: Makayla Scherrer, Jennifer Nannenga, Sewit Eskinder, Lauren Craig
Conductor: Michael Weber
Frederic Heringes (Guest Director)
Frederic Heringes has over 40 years of experience as a professional singer, actor and stage director. He made his Broadway debut in 1993 as a principal actor in The Phantom of the Opera, and continued with the production in Toronto and San Francisco, as well as with National Touring companies. He studied acting and stage directing at The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California, performing in over 30 productions in the Conservatory’s professional repertory company. He has sung many opera roles with the Florida Grand Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Anchorage Opera, and Fargo-Moorhead Opera companies, among others. As a tenor soloist, he appeared with the Omaha Symphony, New York Oratorio Society, the Westfield Symphony, NJ, and the Collegiate Chorale, NYC. Working as a professional chorister in New York, he has sung regularly with the NY Philharmonic, The American Symphony Orchestra, The Bard Music Festival, The National Chorale and in 2012, The Collegiate Singers and The Israel Philharmonic in six concerts in Tel Aviv and at the Salzburger Festspiele in Austria, led by Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti. He has directed opera scenes programs for The Chautauqua School of Music, University of Houston, and SUNY, Amherst School of Music, and has taught voice privately at Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and at MSUM in Moorhead. He is currently the stage director for NDSU Opera, for Concordia College Opera Workshop and for FM Opera’s Young Artist Program.