Opera Scenes Feature Fairy Tales This Year

Opera Scenes Feature Fairy Tales This Year

4/14/15 Ashland, OH – Ashland University Department of Music presents two evenings of opera scenes that will feature scenes from fairy tales and more. The performances, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall.

Under the direction of Stephanie Sikora, professor of music and head of the Voice Area in the Department of Music at Ashland University, this annual event features vocal performances from student singers. This year's female cast includes sopranos Abigail Brady, Rachel Gollhardt, Maria Cardona, Fatima Imani Smith, Grace Keller and Hannah Wise along with mezzo-soprano Sarah Napier. Male singers include tenor Corey Turpin, and baritones Deric Dove, DR Haught and Jake Riley.

With scenes from seven different operas each evening, the program presents scenes from fairy tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Hansel and Gretel” along with Donizetti's “Elixir of Love,” Delibes' “Lakme,” Bucci's “Sweet Betsy from Pike” (A Horse Opera), Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” and “The Tenderland” by Aaron Copland.

For more information about the opera scenes and other music department performances, visit www.ashland.edu/music or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or tapplega@ashland.edu.     

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###