Sublime to Ridiculous: Baylor Opera Theater Will Present Scenes From Famous Operas

March 29, 2012

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Baylor Opera Theater will perform arias and scenes from famous operas in "From the Sublime to the Ridiculous" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, in Roxy Grove Hall on the Baylor University campus. The events are free and open to the public.

Both performances will be directed by Jeffrey Peterson, Ph.D., assistant professor of voice at the Baylor School of Music, and Eric Gibson, visiting lecturer in opera at the Baylor School of Music. Stephanie Mettler, collaborative piano major and second year at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor, will serve as accompanist.

The program will be divided into pairs of excerpts, alternating between serious drama and whimsical farce. Selections will include scenes from: Johann Strauss Jr.'s "Die Fldermaus," Richard Strauss' "Ariadne auf Naxos," Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" and "Cosi fan tutte," and Gioacchino Rossini's "L'italiana in Algeri."

Baylor Opera Theater, a department of the Baylor University School of Music, was established in the early 1940s and has a history of excellence in opera production and training. The department produces one major work each year, as well as various performances of opera scenes. Recent productions include: "The Crucible," "The Elixir of Love," "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Gondoliers."

Roxy Grove Hall is at 624 Speight Ave.

For more information, contact the Baylor School of Music at (254) 710-3991.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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