Baylor Presents Opera Scenes On Friday And Saturday

Nov. 15, 2001

by Richard Veit

Baylor University Opera Theater will present "An Evening of Opera Scenes" at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 -17, in the Baylor Blackbox Opera Theater, which is located near University Parks Drive, between the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center and Waco Creek.

Both performances of opera excerpts--fully staged and costumed, with piano accompaniment--will be directed by Richard Aslanian, lecturer in music and director of opera.

Opening the programs will be the first scene from Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, which will be followed by the second scene from Act II of Gioacchino Rossini's The Barber of Seville.

Also to be heard are the second-act garden scene from Charles Gounod's Faust, the trio from Act III of Georges Bizet's Carmen, and excerpts from two of Richard Strauss's operas will be performed -- Ariadne auf Naxos and Der Rosenkavalier. Other operas represented on the programs will be Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy and Le donne curiose ("The Inquisitive Women") by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari.

All of the scenes with the exception of Wolf-Ferrari excerpt will be sung in their original languages.

These performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call the School of Music at 710-3991.

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