Opera@Augustana presents winter opera

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Opera@Augustana will present two short operas, The Play of Herod from the medieval Fleury Playbook and Only a Miracle by Seymour Barab, November 21–23 at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall within the Denkmann Memorial Building (3520 7th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois.). Tickets are $14 for the general public; $12 for senior citizens; $10 for Augustana students, faculty and staff; and $8 for children ages 12 and under.

These two shorter works are based on the story of Herod’s pursuit of the Christ Child after his birth. The Play of Herod is a liturgical drama from the 13th century, written and performed in Latin. It takes us through the beginning of the story, up until the Magi are diverted away from Herod after visiting the Christ Child. Only a Miracle, written in the 1980s, concludes the story in a modern way.

Steven Mondloch ’17, a music and classics major from Mundelein, Illinois, plays King Herod in both operas. Mondloch is excited about the chance to perform an opera in Latin.

“I have seemingly found the one area where I can effectively combine my two passions!,” he said. “Through my study of Latin, I found that the candor and patterns of stress inherent in the language provides the music with a flow and ease that is harder to achieve in other languages.”

Tickets for the winter opera can be purchased through the Augustana Ticket Office at (309) 794-7306 or by visiting