College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO Heads 'Across The Pond' For A Night of Opera Scenes From English Composers


November 5, 2012

  The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will present “Opera Scenes: A Night in England,” a production of opera scenes featuring works by various English composers, at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13 – 15 at the UCO Jazz Lab, located at 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond.           

“All of the music is very accessible to both younger and older audiences,” said Kevin Eckard, D.M.A., director of UCO’s opera division.          

W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, the 19th century composing duo whose comedic operas are still widely performed internationally, will contribute to the bulk of the production’s program. Among their works are the well-known operas “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado.”          

“Not only is their music very popular, but it lends a great experience for the students to work with such stylized music,” said Eckard.          

“Opera Scenes: A Night in England” is a part of the UCO Passport program, which selects a country or region to celebrate during the fall semester annually.  This semester Central chose to celebrate England.          

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door by cash or check only.  No credit cards will be accepted.          

For further information about the UCO Opera Division, contact Eckard at (405) 974-5171.

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