Oklahoma Baptist University

OBU Opera Theater Presents Opera PM

(L to R) Daniella Mendez, Emily Byford and Keri Burman portray a scene from Marriage of Figaro

An evening of comedic and tragic opera scenes will take place at Oklahoma Baptist University, Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m., as OBU’s Opera Theater presents Opera PM, in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium.

“The evening promises to have something for everyone – comedy and tragedy, magic and realism, love and death, good and evil,” said Rhetta Hudson, OBU associate professor of music.

Hudson joins Dr. Keith Whitmore, OBU instructor of music and staff accompanist, in directing Opera PM which features scenes from four different operas “The Medium” by Gian-Carol Menotti, “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and “Sister Angelica” by Giacomo Puccini.

Members of the Opera Theater class are involved in all aspects of the production including costumes, sets, publicity, music and drama.

“The Opera Theater class has worked as an artistic team to create operatic stage magic with minimal sets and costumes,” said Hudson. “The performance itself is the finale experience of the semester’s work by the class.”

Students involved include Brian Bailey, a senior from Broken Arrow, Okla.; Andrew Butler, a junior from Bowling Green, Ky.; Keri Burman, a senior from Edmond, Okla.; Emily Byford, a senior from Broken Arrow, Okla.; Luke Byford, a senior from Tulsa, Okla.; Phil Hudson, from Shawnee, Okla.; DeSay Judd, a sophomore from Glenn Allen, Calif.; Daniella Mendez, a junior from Hobbs, N.M.; Erin Presley, from Shawnee, Okla.; Jeremy Simmons, a senior from Grapevine, Texas; Jenna Smith, a sophomore from Carollton, Texas; Susan Smoots, a sophomore from Renton, Wash.; and Danielle Tipton, a sophomore from Norman, Okla.

Tickets are $3.00 per person and may be purchased at the door or by calling the OBU Fine Arts Office, 405-878-2305.

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