LHS grad Chantel Biddinger takes lead in SBU opera
Lebanon High School graduate Chantel Biddinger poses in her costume from the opera “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” which will be performed at Southwest Baptist University Friday and Saturday.
Lebanon High School alumna Chantel Biddinger will perform a lead role in the Southwest Baptist University operatic production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” this weekend.
The opera will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus of SBU.
Biddinger is a sophomore music education major who graduated from Lebanon High School in 2015. She is the daughter of Mike and Patricia Biddinger of Lebanon.
Biddinger stars as Mrs. Page in the operatic version of William Shakespeare’s play.
At the center of the story is the immortal character John Falstaff. It seems the knight has sent identical love letters to two virtuous wives in the village of Windsor. The ladies plot their revenge on Falstaff and their jealous husbands, involving the entire village in their pranks.
The opera, by Otto Nicolai, dates to the 19th century and is a hybrid of both Italian Bel Canto and German Romantic style.