Two Evenings of Opera Scenes Set for April 4-5

April 1, 1997

Baylor University Opera Theatre will present two evenings of excerpts from famous operas on Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, in the Baylor Opera Facility, located near the corner of Fifth Street and Speight. Each performance begins at 8 p.m.

Baylor Opera Theatre includes some of the finest vocalists in the Baylor School of Music. These scenes will be under the direction of Richard Aslanian, lecturer in music and director of opera. The accompanist will be Sarah Finch, a graduate student from Neosho, Mo.

Opening the programs will be the vocal quartet from Act I of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio," and then the Act I duet from "Lakmé" by Léo Delibes. Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen" will be represented by the quintet from Act II.

One of the most often heard of all American operas, "The Ballad of Baby Doe" by Douglas Moore, features a memorable scene at the poker table in Act II, and this will be the next offering by Baylor Opera Theatre.

Concluding the pair of programs will be the opening scene from Act II of "Samson and Dalila" by Camille Saint-Saëns, the Act I duet and trio from "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss, Jr., and the second scene from Act II of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata."

Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 755-3991.

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