March 22, 2006


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Opera Company will perform in concert March 25 at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center at Bucknell University. The concert is open to the public without charge.

Directed by Catherine Payn, the program includes scenes from three operas: Bizet's "Carmen," Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" and "Too Many Sopranos," a new work by Edwin Penhorwood.

The Bucknell Opera Company was established in 1989 by Payn, associate professor of music. The company roster includes undergraduate students whose fields of study represent many of the curricular areas of the University. As continuing members of this ensemble, students sing roles each semester that support their vocal and musical development and allow them to explore both traditional and contemporary operatic literature.

The Bucknell Opera Company performances both on and off campus have gained particular acclaim for innovative productions of significant contemporary American works. The Opera Outreach aspect of the Bucknell Opera Company takes opera into the community and local schools and draws students of various ages into performances on campus.

Students in the Bucknell Opera Company have the opportunity to interact with composers, directors, and singers in residencies, masterclasses and workshops on a regular basis.

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Story posted March 21, 2006

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