Students Continue “Opera Scenes” Tradition

Oklahoma Baptist University’s Division of Music will present its annual Opera Scenes on Friday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m. in OBU’s Yarborough Auditorium.

The annual recital has been performed for more than 30 years by vocal music education majors, church music education majors and vocal performance majors in OBU’s music theatre class.

“Each fall semester the music theatre class presents either a collection of opera or musical theatre scenes or a one-act opera,” said Dr. Mark McQuade, OBU assistant professor of music. “The class provides students the opportunity to learn various skills related to stage production and performance. The skills are necessary for their future as school teachers, music ministers and professional performers.”

“As a vocal performance major, any kind of performance helps enrich my education,” said Aaron Forshee, a junior vocal performance major from Jones, Okla. “In the music program we are blessed to have talented professors who care about our futures.”

The students from the music theatre class will be joined by Norma Partridge, OBU associate professor of music, in presenting scenes from six of Gian Carlo Menotti’s operas.

“Menotti’s operas were chosen to commemorate this great American composer’s death earlier this year,” said McQuade.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed singing in Menotti’s operas,” said Laura Ingram, a junior from Kansas City, Kan. “His work is straightforward but still very contemporary. His harmonies are beautiful and his plotlines quite entertaining.”

The opera selections include “The Medium,” “The Old Maid and the Thief,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” “The Consul,” “The Telephone,” and “Help! Help! The Globolinks!”