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SFA voice students to present opera program

October 11, 2016 - Robbie Goodrich
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University voice students will present a program of musical theatre and opera scenes in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The "Fall Scenes Program" will feature students enrolled in the Opera Workshop class taught by Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestras and musical director of opera, Dr. Scott LaGraff, professor of voice at SFA, and Dr. Deborah Dalton, associate professor of voice and director of opera.

"Our Opera Workshop class keeps growing and growing," said LaGraff. "With more than 30 students enrolled, we had to divide it into two groups. My goal is to give the more experienced students the opportunity to prepare and perform appropriate roles from foreign-language operas. Dr. Dalton is working with the younger members, who will present excerpts from Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals."

In addition to the Rodgers and Hammerstein selections, the program features scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Così fan tutte," Gioacchino Rossini's "L'Italiana in Algeri," Georges Bizet's "Carmen," and Giacomo Puccini's "La Bohème."

Moon will conduct, and graduate students Binglin Wang of China, Nathan Hamilton of Abilene and Tim Yan Chan, also of China, will provide piano accompaniment.

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

Admission is free. For information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit http://www.finearts.sfasu.edu/.