orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

November 21, 2013

Select works highlight LU opera event

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

BEAUMONT — Lamar Opera Theatre will perform an evening of opera scenes featuring works by Mozart, Gluck, Lalo, Dvorak and Gounod at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, and Saturday, Nov. 23. The scenes will be performed in their original languages, with projected English supertitles, in the Rothwell Recital Hall of the James M. “Jimmy” Simmons Music Building on the Lamar University campus.

“The opera scenes performances are great because we get to please our audience with beautiful music and, at the same time, enhance the learning experience for our students and provide them with a multitude of performing styles,” said Serdar Ilban, director of Lamar Opera Theatre and assistant professor of voice in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music.

The production features a number of selections from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”), which the Lamar Opera Theatre will stage a full production of in spring 2014. In addition to “Die Zauberflöte,” the evening of opera scenes will include arias from Christoph Willibald Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice,” Édouard Lalo’s “Le roi d’Ys,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury,” Antonín Dvorak’s “Rusalka” and Charles-François Gounod’s “Faust.”

“We might challenge people with works that are new to them, but they’ll also be enchanted with familiar pieces,” said Ilban. “‘The Magic Flute’ will immediately grab everyone’s attention because of its humor and whimsy. And most people will know the Dvorak, even if they don’t know where they know it from, as it is popularly used in commercials.”

Lamar adjunct music instructor Roger Keele provides piano accompaniment for the production.

General admission is $10, and tickets may be reserved in advance. For tickets or more information, call the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at 409-880-8144.