“Too Many Sopranos” on tap from Cameron Music Department

The Cameron University Department of Music and the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild will present "Too Many Sopranos," an operatic farce, from November 12-14 in the McCutcheon Recital Hall at the McMahon Fine Arts Complex on the CU campus. Performances of the two-act opera in English will begin at 8 pm. Ticket prices are $6.00 for the general public and $4.00 for seniors and military. Students and faculty with ID will be admitted free. "Too Many Sopranos" is appropriate for music lovers of all ages.

"Too Many Sopranos," composed by Edward Penhorwood, is the story of four famous operatic sopranos who die and are admitted to heaven. To their dismay, they learn that they are not allowed to sing in the heavenly choir because the choir has too many sopranos. St. Peter informs them that they can, however, earn a place in the choir if they journey to the underworld and recruit four male singers, thus balancing the heavenly choir.

Dr. Jan Logan serves as musical director for the production, with staging by Dr. Earl Logan. Yui Ka Chan Spannagel will provide piano accompaniment. Student performers are Sonja Detweiler, Riana Garrison, , Sabrina Harrell, Erin Hoff, Jonathan Phelps, Melisa Delgado, Eli Ramirez and Angelica Ramsdell, all of Lawton; Justin Styer, Canyon, TX; Jasmine Glass, St. Louis, MO; and Jarod Grice, Frederick.

Referred to as "an absolutely marvelous operatic spoof" by the Portland (ME) Press Herald, "Too Many Sopranos" melds this traditional art form with pop culture by incorporating modern references to parody the typical aspects of a conventional opera. Veteran operagoers will find it a fun and refreshing change from traditional operas, while first-time operagoers will wonder what they've been missing.

For more information or to reserve tickets, contact the CU Department of Music at 581-2440.


November 5, 2009