University Offers Two Fun Evenings of Opera Scenes

University Offers Two Fun Evenings of Opera Scenes

April 3, 2013 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Department of Music presents two evenings of "Magic, Marriage & Merriment" with opera scenes from “Mikado to The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Most Happy Fella.” The performances, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m. in 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 features vocal performances from 12 student singers.

The female cast includes sopranos Rachel Gollhart, Fatima Imani Smith, Erin Lingenfelter, Colleen Mathias and Katie Vargo along with mezzo-sopranos Emily Plank and Grace Keller. Male singers include tenors Derek Jackenheimer, Christopher Sherer and Caleb Stout; baritone Andrew Shaffer; and bass-baritone Bret Cowden.

With scenes from eight different operas each evening, the program presents scenes from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” “The Magic Flute and Abduction from the Seraglio,” Lehar's “The Merry Widow,” Strauss' “Die Fledermaus,” Loesser's “The Most Happy Fella” and Gilbert & Sullivan's “Mikado” and “The Pirates of Penzance.” 

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, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, 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.###