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Kent State University Opera Presents an Entertaining Evening of Opera Vignettes With Singing Outside the Box

Posted Nov. 4, 2013

The Kent State University Opera will present Singing Outside the Box on Saturday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Wright-Curtis Theatre in the Center for the Performing Arts, located at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus.

Join members of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music's Opera Workshop as they perform scenes from the 18th through the 21st centuries. The scenes demonstrate how opera sheds light on confinement and freedom in the human condition. Audience members will be treated to excerpts from Guilio Cesare by Handel, Carmen by Bizet, Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Albert Herring by Britten and Too Many Sopranos by Penhorwood, among others.

The show comes to life through a series of collaborations, featuring vocal performance students, as well as conducting and piano students led by opera directors Marla Berg and Jay White. This year’s production marks an important and exciting first collaboration with Kent State’s new Orchestra Director Charles Latshaw, who will conduct the performances.

“These scenes are musical gems and the students have brought them to life” says Berg. “Our student singer/actors have taken these challenging scenes and made them vocally beautiful and dramatically engaging.  It’s an exciting evening of singing.”

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, $8 for non-Kent State students, $5 for children, and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students.

Tickets are available weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on Kent Campus. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

The box office at Wright-Curtis Theatre will open one hour prior to the performances for walk-up sales, and will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting www.kent.edu/music.