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SFA voice students to present 'Fall Opera Scenes'

November 20, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University voice students will present eight staged and semi-costumed opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Fall Opera Scenes" will feature upper level and graduate students enrolled in the opera class taught by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras and musical director of opera, and Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and opera at SFA.

"This is the largest fall opera workshop class I have ever taught," said Dalton. "There are 27 in the class. My goal is to cast each student in a scene that is appropriate to their voice type and stage of vocal development."

The program features scenes from Giuseppe Verdi's "Falstaff" and "La traviata," Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Così fan tutte" and "Die Zauberflöte" and Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Old Maid and the Thief." The program will also feature two scenes from "The Mikado" by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

Graduate conducting students Jeff Leung and Nathan Hamilton will conduct the scenes, and Moon and Robert Killingsworth will provide piano accompaniment.

The recital is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.