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American opera 'Street Scene' opens Thursday night

April 2, 2013 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS - "Street Scene," Kurt Weill's American opera based on Elmer Rice's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, for a three-night run in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.

The opera, with lyrics by Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice, is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and University Series and tells the story of "dysfunctional and stifling domestic life, the damages of alcoholism, loneliness and unrequited love, ethnic stereotypes and political paranoia," according to the opera's program notes. The story is set in the summer of 1946 and takes place in Manhattan's West Side.

Prior to the performance on opening night, Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice at SFA and opera director, will present a 7 p.m. informative talk in Griffith Gallery, located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to honor the event's corporate sponsor, Point A Media.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students and youth. For tickets or information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.