The WCSU Opera Ensemble took the stage in October 2008 at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall as featured choral singers in the Opera Orchestra of New York performance of “The Tsar’s Bride” by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Forty WestConn students participating in the Opera Ensemble, directed by Professor of Music Dr. Margaret Astrup, performed in a chorus that also included the West Point Cadet Glee Club of the U.S. Military Academy and the Alumni Russian Chorus of Yale University. Music Director Eve Queler conducted the Opera Orchestra of New York in a concert-format performance of the Rimsky-Korsakov work.
The Carnegie Hall appearance offered further recognition of the WCSU Opera Ensemble for its superior performance of a diverse repertoire of American and international operas. The ensemble presents two to three operas at WestConn during each academic year, and conducts an extensive outreach program offering one-act opera performances both on and off campus targeted to reach general community and student audiences. Astrup expressed pride in the student performers of the Opera Ensemble for earning the rare opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall.