University Offers Two Fun Evenings of Opera Scenes and Ice Cream

University Offers Two Fun Evenings of Opera Scenes and Ice Cream

4/7/14 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Department of Music presents two evenings of opera scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro to Carmen” and “Man of La Mancha.” The performances, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12, at 7:30 p.m. at 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 12 student singers. The female cast includes sopranos Abigail Brady, Rachel Gollhardt, Victoria Horak, Fatima Imani Smith, Grace Keller and Erin Lingenfelter along with mezzo-sopranos Andrea Disch and Alexandra Newhouse. Male singers include tenor Caleb Stout, and baritones Darion Dow, Deric Dove and Andrew Shaffer.

With scenes from eight different operas each evening, the program presents scenes from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute,” Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus,” Loesser's “The Most Happy Fella,” Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Mikado,” Bizet's “Carmen,” Leigh and Darion’s “Man of La Mancha,” and “Street Scene” by Weill and Hughes as the grand finale including a special discount for audience members at Eva’s Treats after each performance.

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

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( 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. ###