Cameron University vocal students to perform scenes from popular operas

The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts Department will present “An Evening of Opera Scenes and Arias” featuring performances by CU vocal students. Performances are slated for Thursday and Friday, November 7-8, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, military members and students. CU students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with CU-ID. As seating is limited, patrons are encouraged to reserve tickets in advance by calling 580-581-2336.

The presentation is a result of the Opera Workshop class, in which students not only sing but create the sets, costumes, props and lighting.

“These two performances allow students who are taking the Opera Workshop the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge about mounting a musical production,” says Dr. Christian Morren. “They develop skills in expressing the written word in a foreign language, acting and stage direction.”

Student performers are Khalil Cabrera-Tosado, Celita Gonzalez, Corbyn Nauman, Josie Smotherman, all of Lawton, as well as Destiny Abila, Mykayla Reuter, Altus; Heather Martin, Cache; Rachel McCurry, Comanche; Mikayla Stephenson, Duncan; and Reagan Williams, Newport, R.I. In addition to performing, Williams serves as costume designer.

The program will feature works from “The Mikado” and “Der Rosenkavalier,” comic operas by Gilbert and Sullivan and Strauss, respectively; Offenbach’s opéra fantastique “Tales of Hoffmann”; and “Cavalleria rusticana,” a classic verismo opera by Pietro Mascagni.

“I chose these particular scenes to showcase the students’ vocal ability as well as to challenge them,” Morren says. “Everything in this repertoire is new to the students, who had a great deal of input. Our students want to be challenged, and the difficulty and beauty of the selections reflect that.”

Diana Webb will accompany the vocalists on piano.

Following the performance, the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild will sponsor a reception. The organization also provides funding to ensure that the students can mount a quality production in addition to providing scholarships to CU vocal students.

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October 29, 2019