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Opera presents excerpts from famous performances

April 4, 1997

By Kelly M. Maher

Lariat Reporter

Baylor Opera Theatre will present two evenings of excerpts from famous operas tonight and Saturday.

The opera cast will perform pieces from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, George Bizet's Carmen, the well-known American opera, The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore and Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata among others.

Directed by Richard Aslanian, lecturer in music and director of opera, the opera students utilize this performance to hone their skills and provide students who haven't performed in a major production a chance to shine and gain necessary experience.

Aslanian has been at Baylor since 1989. He has quite an extensive background studying in Germany as a Fullbright scholar.

'I have to say that basically the talent pool at Baylor is very good,' Aslanian said. 'It's amazing that the young students can meet the challenge so well considering their age and experience.'

Cast members enjoy performing parts these famous operas.

'I love to sing and perform opera. It is the ultimate performance of a combination of music and drama,' Brad Schliesser, stage manager and Longview senior, said.

Veteran opera performer, Ken VanCura, a voice performance graduate student, will perform the role of Georgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata.

VanCura performed professionally before returning to Baylor to pursue a master's degree.

VanCura and the rest of the cast can be seen this weekend performing in two 8 p.m. shows in the Baylor University Opera Facility which is located near the corner of Fifth Street and Speight behind the United States post office on campus. The performances are free.

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