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 MUSIC DEPARTMENT AND STUDENTS TO PRESENT "OPERA HIGHLIGHTS: AN EVENING OF OPERA SCENES"

The Alderson Broaddus University Music Department students and faculty
will present “Opera Highlights: An Evening of Opera Scenes” on Monday,
January 21, 7:30-9PM, in Wilcox Chapel at Alderson Broaddus University. The
biennial performance, held on Martin Luther King holiday, is open to
the public with no admission charge.

The evening’s scenes will begin with Giovanni Paisiello’s version of Il
barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), a comedy about love and
trickery set in the mid-18th century; one of the funniest trios in all
classical opera occurs when the servants, instead of singing, yawn or
sneeze. The Stoned Guest, by the fictitious composer P.D.Q. Bach,
follows as a spoof on 18th-century opera, and includes a ‘crummy
forest,’ battling divas, a bumbling hero, a statue come to life, and
even a St. Bernard rescue dog.  Excerpts from the second act of the
Giacomo Puccini favorite, Tosca, will conclude the evening.  Is Tosca a
‘shabby little shocker’, in the well-worn phrase of one critic, or the
most perfectly constructed thriller in operatic history? Most people’s
experience confirms the latter.

Three student directors, senior music majors Johanna Greber, Edward
Poling, and Abebrum Schoonover, have helped prepare this year’s scenes
along with Mrs. Lillian F. Long, Associate Professor of Music.  Mrs.
Long began presenting Opera Highlights at Alderson Broaddus University in
1986.