Millikin music professor appears in opera production
Dr. William Gorton, Millikin University assistant professor of voice and opera, made his first appearance in the Muddy River Opera's production of Puccini's "La Boheme" on June 5 and 7.
Based in Quincy, Ill., the Muddy River Opera Company was started in June 1989 to give area residents a chance to hear live opera.
The company presented two performances of Puccini's "La Boheme" as part of its silver anniversary season celebration. "La Boheme" is one of the most performed operas in the world.
The production tells the story of the life and loves of four young men who live together in a Paris apartment and the love affair between main characters Mimi and Rodolfo. Gorton performed the role of Rodolfo.
"Puccini's goal was to move his audience, not to shock them, not to educate them, just to get straight to the heart of basic human tragedy," said Dr. Gorton.
Dr. Gorton has had a diverse career as a singer, voice teacher, conductor, and composer. At Millikin, Dr. Gorton teaches studio voice, serves as coach and conductor for the opera program, and directs Tudor Voices, a select chamber choir specializing in early music. As a professional tenor, he has performed numerous opera roles and oratorios with organizations such as the Sacramento Opera, Opera Pacific, Pacific Repertory Opera, the National Messiah Festival at Bethany College, Orchestra X of Houston, and the San Francisco Opera Guild.
Click here to read more about the production in an article from the Quincy Herald-Whig.