‘Opera Scenes’ back on the opera stage

Opera Scenes, featuring talented performers from the School of Music and Musical Theater programs, will be presented by the Student Opera Theater Association at the 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center on Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4. at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, 2 p.m.

The key scenes come from:

“L’Elisir d’Amore” (“The Elixir of Love”), a comic opera by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, directed by Sarah Sagatis, a theater arts major, with a minor in arts administration. The musical director is Benjamin Kohn.

“Trouble in Tahiti”, the darkest of Leonard Bernstein’s musicals, directed by Jonah Woodcock, a graduate in music education: singing. The musical director is Erin Alexander.

“Falstaff”, Giuseppe Verdi’s comic masterpiece, directed by Professor Brent Weber. The musical director is Alexander Aylward.

“Our program this year has a little something for everyone, from hilarious farce to tense domestic drama,” said Opera Scenes producer Ross Wiley, a graduate in Music Education: Voice and Music Performance: Voice.

“We are incredibly thrilled to present clips from these three timeless stories about how love drives us all crazy. You won’t want to miss it!”

“We are incredibly thrilled to present clips from these three timeless stories about how love drives us all crazy. You won’t want to miss it!” – student producer Russ Wiley

Rehearsals began at the start of the spring semester and will move to the opera within the week of the show dates. About fifty students take part in the productions. The three scenes will be presented at each performance.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students and are available at the opera house box office during business hours, Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., as well only at the door before each performance. Face coverings must be worn by members of the public at all times.

Opera Scenes did not take place last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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