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Ohio Wesleyan’s Opera Theatre to Present Classic Scenes from Comic and Dramatic Operas

October 23, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University’s Opera Theatre will present scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro,” “The Medium,” “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” “Riders to the Sea,” and other classic operas when students take to the stage for three performances Nov. 7-9.

An annual tradition at Ohio Wesleyan, Opera Theatre performances will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-8 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St. General admission tickets are $10; tickets for senior citizens, students with valid IDs, and Ohio Wesleyan employees are $5. Call (740) 368-3700 for reservations.

The Opera Theatre program is being stage directed during fall semester by Tim Veach, artistic director of Columbus Dance Theater, and musically directed by Jason Hiester, OWU assistant professor of music.

Highlights include scenes from shows such as the satirical comic opera, “The Marriage of Figaro.” Composed in 1786 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the opera is considered one of his most successful works. The storyline picks up after the events of “The Barber of Seville” and takes place in the palace of Count Almaviva in Spain.

The Medium” is a two-act dramatic opera by Gian Carlo Menotti. First performed in 1946, “The Medium” is considered one of the great works of 20th-century opera. It tells the story of a medium who falls victim to her own fraudulent voices.

“The Ballad of Baby Doe” is based on the lives of Horace Tabor, Elizabeth “Baby” Doe Tabor, and Augusta Tabor. One of the most popular modern American operas, it follows the characters’ lives from Horace and Baby Doe’s meeting until Horace’s death.

“Riders to the Sea,” a one-act opera by Ralph Vaughan Williams, looks at the life of an Irish woman who loses her husband and many sons to the sea.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.