October 24, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Opera Company will perform "The True Story of Cinderella" by Warren Martin, Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance, which is free to the public, is directed by Catherine Payn, associate professor of music at Bucknell.

Comic version suitable for families

"Cinderella stories have existed for generations in many different cultures," said Payn. "Our comic version has three hermits, a herald, and true love for all.

"This hour-long production incorporates musical styles from opera to musical theatre and vaudeville. It is suitable for families," she said.

Payn established the Bucknell Opera Company in 1989. 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.

Acclaim for Opera Company

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.

Recent opportunities include a masterclass with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy and coach Kevin Murphy as well as lectures and masterclasses by Jake Heggie, with director Leonard Foglia, librettist Heather MacDonald, singers Nicole Foland, Catherine Ciesinski, John Packard, David Okerlund, Joseph Evans and Robert Orth during a week-long residency during the workshop process of Heggie's opera "The End of the Affair."

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Oct. 24, 2007


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