COLUMBUS, Miss.- The Department of Music at Mississippi University for Women will present an evening of favorite moments from music drama Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29. The Opera Workshop Scenes performances features excerpts from Mozart’s ever-popular “The Magic Flute” and Puccini’s beloved “La Boheme,” alongside several others.

This performance is a capstone project performed by students in the Opera Workshop class. Stage direction is by W assistant professor of voice Dr. Susan Hurley, who teaches the class.

“The singers featured in principal roles in this performance have stupendously beautiful voices, but more than that – they bring excellent, intuitive performance instincts to the stage; they’re well-rounded singer-actors who do a fantastic job at conveying the story. I’m confident audiences will be both entertained and moved by the touching performances given by our singers,” Hurley said.

The MUW Chamber Singers are also featured throughout the performance and highlighted in much-loved famous opera choruses including Verdi’s “Va, pensiero” and the Humming Chorus from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.

Hurley added that this year’s performance is especially meaningful as The W’s first return to live opera performance after a two-year shutdown due to Covid-19.

Hurley explained, “The opera program debuted at The W in 2019 to great success, and now we’re back after quite a long wait. We’ve prepared an outstanding evening of live theatre for the community and we hope you’ll come enjoy these beautiful performances in person or via livestream.”

Scenes are presented fully staged and costumed with piano accompaniment by Dr. William Reber. Performances take place Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m., free and open to the public. No reservations required.

The performance also will be available to view via livestream Thursday, April 28 at www.muw.edu/music.


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April 25, 2022