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Senior, Selected to Perform with Rome Festival Opera This Summer, In Concert at Gobin Church Sunday

April 4, 2005

Linden Christ.gifApril 4, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - After a competitive national audition, DePauw University senior Linden Christ has been selected to perform with the Rome Festival Opera in Italy this summer. Christ will play the role of the "Dew Fairy" in the Opera's production of Engelbert Humperdinck's operatic masterpiece Hansel and Gretel. A soprano, Christ will perform a benefit concert this Sunday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, assisted by pianist Amanda Hopson and tenor Nick Nesbitt. The event is free and open to the public, but donations will be collected to support Christ's overseas travels.

Maestro Fritz Maraffi, Musical Director of the Rome Festival Orchestra and Opera, said of the upcoming role, "Ms. Christ will uphold the high standard of performing that Italian music lovers, tourists, and critics have come to expect from the Rome Festival." Along with instrumentalists, singers, ballet dancers, and graphic artists from nine different countries, Ms. Christ will perform major operatic works at a beautiful concert site about 900 meters from the world-famous Colosseum. She will also study with European master artist-teachers as part of the Rome Festival’s Summer Institute, which is sponsored by the Rome Festival Orchestra, Ltd., an equal-opportunity American Educational Charity.colosseum rome.gif

A native of Metamora, Illinois, Linden Christ has studied voice for more than 5 years, most recently with professor of music Vergene Miller at DePauw University. Christ is majoring in vocal performance and is a member of the DePauw University Chamber Singers. Sunday will be especially busy for Christ, as she will also be performing at 3 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium as a part of the DePauw Concerto Competition Winners’ Concert with the DePauw Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Orcenith Smith.

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