Opera Workshop Sings Spring

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The University of West Georgia Opera Workshop will present a comic masterpiece of lyric theatre by the “waltz king” Johann Strauss. The popular operetta, Die Fledermaus, or “The Bat,” will delightfully entertain audiences on Thursday, March 4, and Saturday, March 6, at 8:15 p.m., in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts.

Its beautiful waltz melodies, elegant stage settings, comic situations, mistaken identities, practical jokes and stirring choruses have made it a classic in the world of opera. The performances will be presented in English translation for the enhanced enjoyment of the audience. 

Pianist Terry Lowry and members of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Larry Frazier, UWG Professor of Music and director of the Opera Workshop, will accompany the all-student cast.

Frazier is also stage director and artistic coordinator of this light-hearted comedy that has delighted audiences all over the world since its premier performance in Vienna in 1874.

Featured performers include sopranos Rose Blanchard, Abigail Dawkins and Joy Anderson, mezzo-soprano Ellen Qualls, tenors Alex McCurdy and Terrell Davis, and baritones Joseph Bryan, Joshua Loftin, Jairus Collins and Robby Vizurraga.

 A large operatic choral ensemble will add to the drama and comedy of Die Fledermaus.

The UWG Opera Workshop is one of the most active student opera programs in the state and region, presenting more than two-dozen full productions of opera and lyric theatre masterpieces, and a myriad musical performances to the community including a performance at the  opening of the Townsend Center in 1989.

Tickets are available at the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts Box Office and at the door the evening of the performances. Please call ahead to check availability at 678-839-4722 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or one hour before the performance.

Tickets are  $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for students and $3 for children under twelve. UWG students will be admitted free with UWG ID.

For more on the music degree programs at UWG, visit http://www.westga.edu/music/.