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September 30, 2013 - Some of the finest scenes from the operatic stage will be featured in the Shorter University Opera Theatre’s fall production of Opera Scenes, which runs Oct. 11-13.
Combining a little bit of drama with a good dose of comedy, the production will feature scenes from Don Giovanni, The Gondoliers, Cosí fan tutte, The Tales of Hoffman, Elixir of Love, The Old Maid and the Thief, and The Worst One Ever.
The majority of scenes are lighter in theme, and many are comedies with music ranging from Mozart to contemporary, according to Dr. Deborah Popham, assistant professor of music and opera director. Dr. Popham is codirecting the production with Dr. Eric McCluskey, assistant professor of music.
“Audiences will be treated to an hour’s worth of fun and entertaining scenes from operas and operettas,” Dr. Popham said. “By coming to a scenes performance, the audience will get to experience different types of opera, and each audience member is bound to find something they like. Everyone can appreciate this performance.”
Most of the scenes will be in English, but those in another language will have supertitles, Dr. Popham said.
Bound to be one of the most talked-about portions of the production is the opera The Worst One Ever, which will be performed in its entirety — 10 minutes. It was written just a few years ago and is the story of three college students who are each complaining about “the worst one ever.”
“It’s a great short opera that features Hannah Swope, a junior, along with Ashley Phillips and Katelyn Johnson, who are both sophomores,” Dr. Popham said. “One of the advantages to doing a show like this is that it gives all of the students an opportunity to perform. This is a great opportunity for students to learn their craft, but it is also an opportunity for them to share with others a beautiful art full of a variety of music and ranges of emotion.”
Each performance will be in Shorter University’s Callaway Theatre. Oct. 11-12 performances will begin at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 13 will feature a matinee at 2 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Shorter University box office at 706-233-7288.
Founded in 1873, Shorter University is a Christian university committed to excellence in education. The Princeton Review annually includes Shorter on its list of best Southeastern Colleges. Shorter University is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Shorter offers traditional bachelor’s degree program in 48 areas of study, online courses and degree programs, undergraduate programs for working adults, and four master’s programs. Shorter is online at www.shorter.edu.
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