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Two faculty, seven students to perform at New York opera gala

Two College of Music faculty and seven students will perform at the annual gala concert for Center for Contemporary Opera – the leading proponent of opera in the U.S. – March 15 in New York City.  

Faculty performers are Richard Croft and Stephen Morscheck.

The gala will include selections from operas Again, Dead Man Walking, Moby-Dick and Three Decembers by Jake Heggie, who served as the artist-in-residence last year. Students and faculty members also will perform scenes from William Mayer's opera A Death in the Family and an aria from Anthony Davis’ Amistad.

Student performers are:

  • Maria Bellanca of Olean, N.Y.
  • Christian Bester of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Shaun Brown of Brisbane, Australia
  • Sergio Cepeda of Fort Worth
  • Emily Hueske of Tolland, Conn.
  • Lara Wasserman of Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jennifer Youngs of Overland Park, Kan.

The gala will be hosted by Elliott Forrest of New York City classical music radio station WQXR. Buy tickets, or call 1-800-838-3006.

UNT Opera offers intensive training and performance opportunities to talented undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Music. The opera program offers two full productions each year in the intimate Lyric Theater of the Murchison Performing Arts Center, as well as a biennial gala concert of operatic excerpts and opportunities to perform across the country.

The Opera program recently took first-place in the National Opera Association's Opera Production Competition in Division V – the highest division among conservatory and university programs – for its 2011 production of Marc Blitzstein's Regina.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity not only to showcase our outstanding students and stellar faculty members in such an important New York setting, but also to publicly celebrate our work with America's leading opera composer, Jake Heggie,” said James C. Scott, dean of the College of Music. “Much of the music our people will be performing was done in concert in Denton under his direction during the residency.”

Posted on: Fri 02 March 2012

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