What comes to mind when you hear the word opera? The fat lady with a wearing a huge pink dress and wig, right? Well you couldn’t be more wrong.
Treat yourself to some music with a side of drama and come to “Love, Lust, & Litigation: three charming, though-provoking and hysterically funny one act operas showcasing the many facets of love.”
“I feel opera is evolving just as everything else in the world,” said Eddy Cavazos, Music Performance (Voice Emphasis) major. “It’s not getting the exposure it deserves, so that’s what we wanna do here—put a spin on opera. Let everyone know that’s it’s cool and it’s fun to sing and it’s fun to perform.”
With the help of the student conductors and Opera Director, Dr. Melinda Brou, the students taking part in the Opera Workshop course have put hours and hours of preparation into perfecting their parts in Daniel Shore’s An Embarrassing Position, Samuel Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury.
“Many people say they hate opera, though they have never attended one,” said Brou. “When these same people attend operatic events, most are surprised by how engaged they are by the performances.”
There will be four performances of the show—each at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with an additional 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Each show will be held in the Smith Recital Hall of the Bellamah Music Building.
“In our productions at A&M Kingsville, we work hard to ensure that the shows are lively, interesting, beautifully sung and engaging,” said Brou. “People often come to our shows and say, ‘I had no idea that this is what opera is.’”