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Student Musicians Perform Opera Scenes Thursday Night

November 29, 2006

Opera Scenes.jpgNovember 29, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - You're invited to enjoy an evening of DePauw Performing Opera Scenes Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. Under the direction of Keith Tonne, students will present scenes on a theme of “Meetings and Partings.” Included on the program are selections from Otto Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor, Bedřich Smetana’s Bartered Bride, Douglas Moore’s Ballad of Baby Doe, and selections from Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Marriage of Figaro.

Providing orchestral accompaniment for the opera scenes is Amanda Hopson (seen with Professor Tonne in photo at top), with student Shie Kantor as propmaster. Tonne, appointed to the DePauw University School of Music faculty in 2005, spent eight years as the leading lyric tenor at the Darmstadt State Opera, with guest appearances in Opera Houses in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Austria, where he performed over 30 roles.

“One of my favorite scenes is from The Bartered Bride,” says Tonne. “In it, the village idiot unknowingly meets his prospective bride.” Other highlights include the DePauw Logo.jpgmany twists and turns of the intricate plots in the two Mozart opera scenes.

The performance is free and open to the public.

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