The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Opera: CUA Presents "Magnum Opus"

WHEN: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Ward Hall, Ward Recital Hall
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


CUA's Benjamin T. Rome School will present "Magnum Opus," a new chamber opera in one act. The opera is a modern retelling of a work by Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The libretto and music for CUA's production have been written by Michael Oberhauser, Master of Music Composition degree candidate.

In "Magnum Opus," the present-day Robert, a struggling playwright, is plagued with suspicions of his wife Claire's faithfulness. The object of her apparent affection, the young composer John, seems to be always present. To make himself more appealing to his wife, Robert accepts an offer from the muses so he can create a successful new play. They offer their inspiration to him at the possible cost of his sanity. When things begin to get out of control, even Schumann himself appears to Robert to advise him.

The opera is directed by Jay Brock, Master of Fine Arts degree candidate in the directing program of Catholic University's drama department.
For more information, call 202-319-5416.

SPONSOR: Benjamin T. Rome School of Music