Department of Music Presents ‘The Good, The Bad, The Opera’


by News Bureau on Monday, Mar. 04, 2013


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 24, 2013 – The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Music will present ‘The Good, The Bad, The Opera” at 3 p.m. March 10 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Lori Shaffer, soprano; Christopher Goeke, tenor; Leslie Jones, mezzo-soprano; and Timothy Schmidt, baritone, will perform some of the best music and portray the most intriguing characters in this light-hearted operatic review with romance, intrigue and scandal. Matt Yount, staff accompanist, will join in the recital.

“We chose our title, ‘The Good, The Bad, The Opera,’ to give a hint of the types of songs the audience is going to hear,” Shaffer said. “There is a stereotype for each voice type. It is a generalization, not a sure thing, but most sopranos are the heroine, the ingénue, and the sweetheart. My duets are with the tenor, Chris Goeke, as my love interest.”

Goeke and Shaffer will perform “Chiedi all’aura lusinghiera” from Donizzeti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” and “Good Morrow, Good Lover” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe.”

“We are ending with a rousing drinking song from ‘La Traviata,’” Shaffer said.

Jones said operatic roles for contraltos and mezzo-sopranos tend to fall into a number of stereotypical categories. Some categories are represented in this recital, such as a pathetic older woman, male roles specifically written for female singers, the “bad girl” and the young romantic leading lady.

“All of our Gilbert and Sullivan selections fall into the category of pathetic older woman,” Jones said. “Male roles written for female singers will be represented by ‘Chacun à son goût’ from the opera ‘Die Fledermaus,’ where the character is Russian Prince Orlovsky who entertains lavishly but is still bored by everything. The bad girl role will be represented by ‘Habanera’ from ‘Carmen,’ who lives for the moment and what pleases her senses. The young romantic leading lady will be portrayed here in the duet from ‘Cenerentola (Cinderella).’”

“Baritones often end up playing the villains, old men, or some type of comic foil,” Schmidt said. “My arias show a combination of these. In the first, I play a comic villain with lots of bluster and wit. In the second, I play a greedy father talking about how money is the most important thing in life.”

Lori Shaffer

Lori Shaffer is adjunct voice instructor in the Southeast Department of Music and senior voice faculty with the Southeast Missouri Music Academy. The soprano has enjoyed a diverse performing background including roles with Light Opera of Manhattan, 92nd St. Y, New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players and the Choral Symphony Society of New York. She also has appeared in concert in Missouri, Kansas, New Jersey and Iowa. While living in the New York area, Shaffer performed extensively as a soloist and section leader for many area churches and synagogues. Her oratorio roles include such works as Handel’s “Messiah,” Haydn’s “Creation,” “Fauré Requiem,” “Seven Last Words of Christ” by Dubois, and the “Rutter Requiem.” Shaffer appears frequently as soprano soloist with the Southeast Missouri State University Choral Union and the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. She was featured as soprano soloist for the world premiere of David Fanshaw’s orchestrated “Dona Nobis Pacem” – an anthem for peace. Shaffer graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts and music teacher certification. She has also done post-graduate work at the University of Iowa and Mannes College of Music in New York.

Christopher Goeke

Christopher Goeke, tenor, is currently professor of music and chair of the Department of Music at Southeast. Goeke holds both the Doctor of Musical Arts in vocal performance and pedagogy and a Master of Music in vocal performance degrees from the University of Iowa. He teaches in the voice area and continues to pursue operatic interests by conducting, directing and serving as technical coordinator for the full operatic productions at Southeast. Goeke’s performance resume includes engagements with the Central City Opera in Colorado, the State Repertory Opera of New Jersey, Westchester Opera in New York, the Light Opera of Manhattan, Santa Fe Desert Choral, Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Bach Society of St. Louis. Some of his operatic roles include Almaviva in “Il Barbieri di Siviglia,” Tamino in “The Magic Flute” and Alfred and Eisenstein in “Die Fledermaus.” He has been featured as tenor soloist for Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” and “Magnificat,” “The Messiah” by Handel, and “The Creation” by Haydn. Goeke is an active recitalist and has presented a wide range of literature including lute songs, traditional art songs, song cycles in German, French, Italian and English, and contemporary literature including many works by Benjamin Britten and popular songs of the Broadway stage.

Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones is an associate professor of music at Southeast. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Southeastern Louisiana University and her Doctor of Musical Arts from the Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri-Kansas City. A contralto, Jones remains an active performer in recital, opera and concert work. At Southeast, she co-directs the Opera Workshop and teaches studio voice, diction and music appreciation. She has also taught and sung at the Berkshire Choral Festival, Truman State University and Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Timothy Schmidt

Timothy Schmidt, assistant professor of music, arrived at Southeast Missouri State University in 2008. He holds degrees from Westmont College, University of Northern Colorado and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Schmidt teaches applied voice, opera and vocal pedagogy, and his teaching background includes classical, commercial and music theater styles. His performance experience includes oratorio works such as “Bach’s St. John Passion,” “Haydn’s Creation,” “Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis” and “Handel’s Messiah.” Schmidt’s operatic repertoire includes roles in “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “Street Scene,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Albert Herring,” “Pélleas et Melisande” and numerous Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. In 2005, he created the role of Isaiah Bartlett in the world premiere performance and recording of “Where the Cross Is Made” by Nancy Van de Vate.

Matt Yount

Matt Yount is a full-time instructor of music at Southeast who first joined the faculty in 2003. He serves as the Department of Music’s collaborative pianist, coaching chamber music, coordinating recitals and appearing in recital performances with students and faculty. Yount also performs with guest artists who come to Southeast for appearances in concerts, recitals or master classes. In addition to his primary role as collaborative pianist, he also teaches music appreciation and jazz appreciation courses for the music department, and since 1996 has taught private piano lessons through the Southeast Music Academy. Yount holds three degrees from Southeast including diplomas in both music and mathematics. He studied piano for two years independently as a student of Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Reiko Neriki at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Yount can be heard performing with Southeast’s Faculty Jazz Quintet locally in the Cape Girardeau area.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at