Project Pauline

An exploration of the life and work of Pauline Viardot in celebration of her 200th birthday. Music by Viardot, her family, and friends, combined with a virtual production of her last opera, Cendrillon.

Watch eight weekly episodes here:

Episode 1 - March 24, 8pm on Youtube

Episode 2 - March 31, 8pm on Youtube

Episode 3 - April 7, 8pm on Youtube

Episode 4 - April 14, 8pm on Youtube

Episode 5 - April 21, 8pm on Youtube

Episode 6 - April 28, 8pm on Youtube

Episode 7 - May 5, 8pm on Youtube

Episode 8 - May 12, 8pm


In the spring 2021 semester, the SSU Opera Scenes class celebrates the life and work of Pauline Viardot on the 200th anniversary of her birthday. Viardot was one of the most important singers and composers of her era, and had a monumental effect on the musical life and development of Europe in the latter half of the 19th century.

The opera scenes workshop performs Viardot’s last opera, Cendrillon, as well as other songs by her family and important contemporaries. The opera is presented as a show-within-a-show. In addition to its roles and plot, important figures from Viardot's life, including Maria Malibran, Manuel Garcia, and the composer herself lead the audience through the production and the incidental music associated with the opera. Each student holds a named role, with all students sharing the experience of singing, acting, and production work over the course of the semester.

Project Pauline is a series of eight video episodes released as a podcast on YouTube from late March through early May. At the culmination of the podcast and semester, SSU Opera Scenes will premiere the complete performance of Project Pauline. 

Students gain skills in operatic performance, production scheduling, videography and sound engineering, marketing and publicity, and more in this comprehensive artistic effort. Their creative work will persist online for SSU recruitment efforts, musicological and performance reference by singers and schools the world over, and as a lasting contribution from our students to the understanding and awareness of Pauline Viardot’s importance and artistry in vocal music history.