•Mathias Betyna arranged for the group to see the opera premier of La Coronazzione de
Poppae on the day of arrival. The audience greeted the singers and musicians in this early opera by Monteverdi with enthusiastic applause, but booed the director for the inappropriate and detracting costuming and over doing the sexual situations. He later arranged for William Urban to see the premier of Einmal Nicht Aufgepasst, a
sold-out performance by one of
Germany best comedic actors and a strong
•One day while Betyna, a stage designer and artist, was with the group he received a call inviting him to design the set for a major production of Man
of La Mancha. Betyna was to have directed a Brecht play at Monmouth two years ago, but because of September 11th that year he could not get a visa to work in America.