Students, Faculty, Staff to Perform "Opera Highlights" on Jan. 17

Students, faculty and staff of Alderson Broaddus University will be presenting "Opera Highlights: An Evening of Opera Scenes" on Monday, January 17, at 7:30 pm, in Wilcox Chapel on the College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

This year's event will include portions of three different works: the romantic Italian favorite, La Bohème (Puccini), Dialogues of the Carmelites (Poulenc), a 20th century opera based on the true-life story of martyred Carmelite nuns during the French revolution, and Ruddigore (Gilbert & Sullivan), a comedy spoof of Victorian plays featuring a damsel in distress, a dastardly villain, a madwoman, and even ghosts.

The cast for the evening is the largest ever assembled for Opera Highlights. Brass instrumentalists, a woodwind ensemble, and percussion will play a part in this year's performance. A special feature of the evening will be an appearance by several community children, coached by Mrs. Tonya Baker, music teacher at Philippi Elementary School.

The evening of opera scenes will be directed and accompanied by Mrs. Lillian Long, Associate Professor of Music. Mrs. Long began presenting Opera Highlights at Alderson Broaddus University in 1986.

Caption: EARLY REHEARSAL - Several school-aged children from the community gather for an early rehearsal for this year's "Opera Highlights" at AB University. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Abagayle Auvil, Lydia Mace, and Abby Weingart; back row, left to right, Daniel Weingart, Sierra Rexrode, and Jakob Baker.