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Opera Southeastern to present Dido and Aeneas on Oct. 27, 29

DURANT, Okla. – Opera Southeastern, a part of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will present Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell on Friday, October 27 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, October 29 (3 p.m.). The performances will be in the New Theatre Building, which is  located adjacent to the Southeastern Baseball Field and Bloomer Sullivan Arena.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Director of Opera Southeastern said, “Dido and Aeneas is based on the fourth book of Virgil’s Aeneid that unfolds the tale of the love and despair that Dido experiences through the journey of her love for Aeneas.  This, of course, means that there will be a very dramatic ending.  It’s opera!”

The role of Dido will be performed by Kristen Simpson, a junior from Guthrie, Oklahoma, and Aeneas,  by Carter Owen, a sophomore from Denton, Texas.  Other roles include Belinda, played by Grace Haynes, a senior from Lone Grove, Oklahoma; Allyson Thomas,  as the Attendant, from Durant; Courtney Mile, from Oklahoma City and Samantha Guerrer,  from Denton, Texas, as Witches; and Spirit played by Haley Moore, First Sailor by Iain Nix, and Sorceress, by D. Chance Eubanks from Cleburne, Texas.

Additional cast members include Jordon Palmer of Carrollton, Texas, Brandon Sears of Little Elm, Texas, and David Wright of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.

Dr. Kate Stubbs will serve as the Collaborative Pianist.

General Admission at the door is $7 (cash/check only). Student admission is free with student identification. For more information about this event and the Department of Music, call 580.745.2088.

Opera Southeastern to present performances Oct. 14, 16

DURANT, Okla. – Opera Southeastern, a part of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will present two one-act operas on Friday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 16, at 3 p.m.

Both performances will be held in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. General admission tickets at the door are $7, with student admission free with student ID.

According to  Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Director of Opera Southeastern, the opera cast will present The Telephone by Gian-Carlo Menotti and Gallantry by Douglas Moore. The Telephone tells the tale of love between Lucy and Ben, played by Grace Haynes, a junior from Lone Grove, Oklahoma,  and Chance Eubanks, a senior from Cleburne, Texas..  Ben desires to tell something very special to Lucy before he leaves on a trip, but is interrupted by the telephone several times.

Gallantry takes place in a television studio where a soap opera and infomercials are being filmed.  The over-the-top drama from the scenes of the “soap opera” are interrupted by the announcer,  who must cut in for an infomercial break.  The cast of Gallantry includes Kristen Simpson, from Stillwater, Oklahoma;   Anna Rose Kelly, a junior from Idabel, Oklahoma, as the Announcer; Chance Eubanks as Dr. Gregg; Grace Haynes as Lola; Jace Caldwell, a senior from Broken Bow, Oklahoma,  as Donald;  and Carter Owen from Denton, Texas, as Billy Boy. Dr. Kate Stubbs will serve as the Collaborative Pianist.

For more information about this event and the Department of Music call 580-745-2088.

 

Opera Southeastern presents gala concert on Oct. 5

DURANT, Okla. – Opera Southeastern, a part of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will present Opera: A Gala Concert, on Friday, October 5, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and there is no admission charge.

“This opera gala will be a celebration of operatic literature through performances of arias, duets, and scenes,” said Jeremy Blackwood, director of opera theatre. ” It is a concert of operatic ‘hits’!”

The performance will include selections from operas such as Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, and Così fan Tutte by W.A. Mozart, Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi, Les Contes d’Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, and Street Scene by Kurt Weill.

Dr. Robert McFadden will serve as accompanist.

For more information about this event and the Department of Music, call 580-745-2088.

Opera Southeastern to present program on Dec. 2-3

Opera Southeastern to present program on Dec. 2-3

Press Release Date: 11-16-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Opera Southeastern, a part of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will present “Follow Your Heart: Works of Gian Carlo Menotti,” on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3.

A double-bill of “The Telephone” and “Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be performed beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

“The Telephone” is a one-act comic opera outlining a day in the life of Lucy and Ben, who is enamored with Lucy. Ben visits Lucy before leaving on a trip. His main intention is to propose, but he is interrupted by the telephone.

Lucy is played by Kaela Ganz, and Duncan Kovash handles the role of Ben.

“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is a one-act opera telling the tale of a young, handicapped boy with an imagination that drives his mother crazy.

The family is facing the possibility of becoming beggars. Meanwhile, the young boy is surprised when three kings stop by his home on their journey to find “a Child.”

The cast for “Night Visitors’’ features Cheri Conway as the mother and Braden Raines, a fourth-grade student at Durant Intermediate School, as Amahl.

Other cast members are Clifford Cox as Kaspar, Aaron Williams as Melchior, Nicholas Vance as Balthazar, and Taylor Hunt as the Page.

The Shepherds Chorus participants are Marissa Musgrove, Brenna Dougherty, Kristen Morgan, Victoria Cook, Amanda Dann, D.J. Bailey, Hunter Sitz, Jed Hensley, and Kirk Prucha.

Opera Southeastern is under the direction of Jeremy Blackwood, Instructor of Voice. Dr. Robert McFadden will serve as the accompanist.

General admission tickets are $5. Students are admitted free with ID. For more information about this event, call 580-745-2088.