Next week’s Opera Scenes at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center run the gamut from the baroque period through the 20th century, and feature many famous composers, including Benjamin Britten, whose centenary will be celebrated during 2013.

The program features fully staged and costumed scenes and is titled “Opera Excerpts from 1692 to 1956” and is directed by Robert Thieme, head of the opera program. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., during Nov. 7-9, and at 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10. All performances will be held in the Antoinette Falbo Theatre.

“The program will include the tragic death of Euridice, the antics of Mozart, the tale of an ill-fated priest who falls in love, and much more, including lots of comedy,” Thieme said. “Altogether there are 14 scenes, each running between 5 and 28 minutes, but all of these scenes will not be performed at each concert.
Come out and spend an enjoyable evening with us—weeping, laughing and having a great time.”

The students will perform scenes from: “The Fairy Queen” by Henry Purcell, which premiered in 1692; “Orfeo ed Euridice” by C.W. von Gluck (1762); “Die Entf�hrung aus dem Seraglio” by Wolfgang Mozart (1781); “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart (1784); “Don Giovanni” by Mozart (1787); “Don Pasquale” by Gioachino Rossini (1810); “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini (1816); “The Elixir of Love” by Gaetano Donizetti (1831); “Manon,” by Jules Massenet (1884); “The Bartered Bride” by Bedrich Smetana (1762); “The Inquisitive Women” by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (1903); “The Rape of Lucretia” by Benjamin Britten (1946); “The Ballad of Baby Doe” by Douglas Moore (1956); and “Albert Herring” by Britten (1947).

Student performers include John Scherch, Dallas Wright, Callie Merz, Kathryn Shepas, Mary Beth Withers, Terri Parlett, Jennifer Berkebile, Devan Balaguer, Sarah Perconte, Winston Sullivan, Nicoletta Ciampa, Elizabeth McCormick, Ting Ting Chang, Leigh Usilton, Sam Viggiano, Konrad Geiser, Mikaela Sullivan, Alex Anderson, Maya Pardo, Aaron Scarberry, Samantha DeStefano, Michael McCullough, Sharon Lankford and Katti Grosso.

For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.



CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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