The Baylor Opera Theater will present “An Evening of Opera Scenes,” including excerpts from nine operas and one musical on Thursday, October 5, and Friday, October 6, beginning at 7:30 each evening in Roxy Grove Hall.
Jeffrey Peterson, Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching, will conduct the performances, and Guest Teacher Susan Li will direct members of Baylor Opera Theater in these scenes, which will be fully costumed and staged, with piano accompaniment by Jessica Suandrianna, a graduate student from Tangerang, Indonesia.
The programs will open with “Nous avons en tête une affaire” from George Bizet’s Carmen, and then two arias from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni: “La ci darem la mano” and “Vedrai, carino.”
Also to be heard are “Pur ti miro” from Claudio Monteverdi’s 1643 opera, L’incoronazione di Poppea, the so-called “Ice Cream Sextet” from Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, and “Sull’aria” from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
“Viens, Mallika!/Dôme épais, le jasmin” from Lakmé by Léo Delibes will be followed by “Monica’s Waltz” from The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, “We’ll Go Away Together” from Weill’s Street Scene, and “A Weekend in the Country” from Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 musical, A Little Night Music.
Closing these two programs of opera scenes will be the brindisi (drinking song) “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici” from Act I of Verdi’s La traviata.
The performances are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.