The Baylor Opera Theater will perform “Mostly Mozart: Operatic Hors D’Oeuvres,” on Friday, April 5, and Saturday, April 6, beginning at 7:30 each evening in Roxy Grove Hall. These concerts will present excerpts from nine operas and one musical.
Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching Jeffrey Peterson and Assistant Professor of Vocal Coaching Joseph Li will conduct the performances. Temporary Lecturer of Ensembles Susan Stone Li will direct twenty-two members of Baylor Opera Theater in these scenes, which will be fully costumed and staged, with piano accompaniment by graduate student Marissa Carlson.
The programs will open with the Anvil Chorus from Act II of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore, the card trio (“Mêlons! Coupons!”) from Georges Bizet’s Carmen, and the duet “Son nata a lagrimar” from George Frideric Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto.
Next to be heard are the trio “Soave sia il vento” from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte, the quintet “Hm hm hm” from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (“The Magic Flute”), and the trio “Cosa sento!” from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro (“The Marriage of Figaro”).
Then members of the Baylor Opera Theater will perform the quartet “Enfin, les amoureux” from Jules Massenet’s Manon, the duet “Caro elisir! Sei mio!” from Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (“The Elixir of Love”), and the sextet “Alla bella Despinetta” from Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Closing the programs will be the finale scene, “Make Our garden Grow,” from Leonard Bernstein’s musical Candide.
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.