University Offers A Fun Evening Of Opera Scenes From Mozart To Gilbert & Sullivan

3/16/11 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University Department of Music challenges its audiences by asking "Who's Afraid of Opera?" as it presents two fun evenings of opera scenes from Mozart to Gilbert and Sullivan. The performances, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall.

Under the direction of Stephanie Sikora, associate professor of music and head of the voice area in the Department of Music at Ashland University, this annual event promises great music and fun. Featuring vocal performances from 12 student singers, the female cast includes sopranos Jessica Blake, Kara Minton and Chanae Curtis along with mezzo-sopranos Emily Plank, Johanna Regan, Susie Strobel, Katie Vargo and Krista Wrightsman. Male singers include tenors Derek Jackenheimer, Bryon Black and Jordan Black while Bret Cowden performs as the lone baritone.

Featuring scenes from nine different operas each evening, the program presents scenes from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) and Cosi fan tutte, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love), Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe and Mikado, and Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Scenes from more contemporary operas include Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, Loesser's The Most Happy Fella and Bernstein's Candide, which features a performance with the Ashland University Chamber Singers.

For more information about the opera scenes and other music department performances, visit<> or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or<>.

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