What is the bel canto opera style? Joshua Borths, Director of Opera and Musical Theater at Capital University, will explain the style and its history, and provide examples of what to listen for when seeing a bel canto opera. Attendees will have a new appreciation for the style in time for Opera Columbus's production of Barber of Seville, a bel canto opera, on February 14 and 16.
Borths arrives as the Director of Opera and Musical Theater at Capital University after serving 4 years as Arizona Opera's Resident Stage Director and Director of Education and Community Engagement: directing new productions, managing education programs, and creating community initiatives that reached 70,000 people annually. Additionally, Borths is a member of the summer directing staff of Des Moines Metro Opera and has held positions at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), the Seagle Music Colony, and the Crested Butte Music Festival.
As an assistant director, Borths has worked with many opera companies including Arizona Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Festival della Valle d'Itria, and his educational adaptations of classic operas have been seen at Toledo Opera, Atlanta Opera, Arizona Opera, and the Florida State University.