Maholchic said the experience has been a great education for Aria in other ways, too.
“Aria had never been to an opera before,” Maholchic explained. “Our high school did ‘Aida’ the musical last spring. Aria was a Nubian slave in the musical. This summer we got to see ‘Aida’ at Glimmerglass. That was the very first opera that she saw, and she loved it.”
Being around the opera stars also affected Aria, her mother said.
“I noticed the tone of her voice changed as she tried to mimic their sounds,” Maholchic said.
The experience was also why Henry’s mother, Nancy, wanted to get her children involved with Glimmerglass.
“I was in the children’s chorus at Glimmerglass when I was young,” Wager said. “I wanted the kids to have the same experience because I thought it was a lot of fun.”
The invitation to perform at the Omani Royal Opera House was extended after Sultan Qaboos Bin Said expressed an interest in bringing an American musical to Oman to the president of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Michael Kaiser.
“Michael was very impressed with our festival and our commitment to the American musical, so he suggested us to them,” Glimmerglass Festival Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello said. “They were particularly interested in our productions because we don’t use amplification, and feature operatic voices and orchestra.”
Zambello is directing “La Traviata” at the Bolshoi theater in Moscow, but is flying down to Oman to join cast members of “The Music Man” for rehearsals and their performances, which will take place Oct. 9, 10 and 11.
Dwayne Croft, a Cooperstown native who played the role of Harold Hill this summer, is unable to make the trip to Oman because of prior engagements. John David Boehr will be taking over the part.