Opera Workshop Ready For Prime Time this Week
A Spectacular Show, and it's FREE!
It has taken ten weeks to put together an opera performance similar to what you might actually see at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
What's unusual is that it has been done by twenty Hardin-Simmons students. Dr. William Mouat, who is an assistant professor of voice and director of opera, says that's really quick turnaround to stage a musical production of this magnitude.
An Operatic Soiree features a number of soloists performing scenes from grand opera and operetta in a gala format, "like one might watch on PBS where the women are in formal wear and the men in tuxedos," he says.
The opera workshop has been in existence for over thirty years, and this year's enrollment is a record-breaking twenty Hardin-Simmons singers. "Participants include voice majors and non-majors alike - all those who love to perform in public," says Mouat.
"Each and every student is interesting and unusual in that they bring their own acting and vocal gifts to the various characters that they portray."
This concert has been musically staged and prepared in only ten weeks time with both undergraduate and graduate level singers performing a wide variety of languages and styles.
An Operatic Soiree features works by Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, W.A. Mozart, Jacques Offenbach and Kurt Weill.
The free performance will be this Thursday, November 12, 2009 in the Woodward-Dellis Recital Hall on the Hardin-Simmons University campus at 8:00 p.m.
Photo: Dr. William Mouat