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MetroWest Opera Begins Residency on Campus, Offers Student Internships

February 11, 2016

MetroWest Opera, a non-profit opera company based in Newton, has begun a residency at Lasell College this Spring, which includes internship opportunities for students, a choral workshop, and community access to the company's March production of Little Women.

The company and Lasell recently created the mutually beneficial artistic partnership that provides the opera company with rehearsal and performance space at Lasell's Yamawaki Auditorium for its upcoming performance, Little Women, scheduled for March 3-6 at Yamawaki Auditorium.

"The opportunity gives students a chance to work with a professional theatre company, which employs professional singers, lighting designers, stage managers, conductors, orchestra and directors. Students will receive hands-on experience in the backstage side of putting on a professional opera production," said Lori L'Italien, Adjunct Professor of Music and Performing Arts at Lasell who helped form the partnership.

Currently, two students have secured non-credit bearing internships with the company. Freshman Molly Parrot, who is serving as a costume intern, will help procure and fit costumes, while sophomore Taylor Chesler is a lighting intern, helping during tech week and running the light board during the shows.

Two additional informal internship openings are available for Lasell students for backstage/crew, with the possibility of credit-bearing internships being offered in the future. Interested students should contact Professor Sarah Burrows, Director of Internship Programs, for further information.

The upcoming workshops, including a workshop on Entrepreneurship for Musicians for students, will be held toward the end of the Spring semester in April. The vocal workshop will offer students in the chorus and drama club the opportunity to obtain feedback on both vocal technique and acting, and the Entrepreneurship for Musicians workshop will offer practical insights related to business and the arts, in both cases from MetroWest Opera Founder and Artistic Director Dana Varga.

In addition, the company has set aside a block of free tickets for members of the Lasell community for the Little Women performances March 3-6. Details for how to obtain these free tickets is forthcoming. Students and faculty may sit in on rehearsals at any time.

For more information, contact Lori L'Italien at lori.litalien@gmail.com.