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Article Published: Mar. 28, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 8, 2013
ASU presents one-act operas

Appalachian State University’s Opera Theatre in the Hayes School of Music presents the one-act operas, ‘Dido and Aeneas’ by Henry Purcell and ‘Bastien und Bastienne’ by W.A. Mozart April 4 to 7.

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Student musicians from Appalachian State University’s Opera Theatre in the Hayes School of Music will perform the one-act operas, “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell and “Bastien und Bastienne” by W.A. Mozart April 4 to 7.

The performances will take place in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on campus. The performance will last approximately two hours with a brief intermission. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $8 for all students. Tickets are $10 for the general public. Tickets are available at the Valborg Theatre box office by calling (800) 841-2787 or (828) 262-4046 or online at Tickets also will be available at Rosen Concert Hall before each performance.

Randall Outland from the Hayes School of Music directs the opera.

“Bastien und Bastienne” was composed by the 12-year-old Mozart in Vienna at the request of a friend of the family. The young Mozart based his text on the German translation of a French operetta, “Les Amours de Bastien et Bastienne.” It will be sung in English.

“I chose this piece because of the accessibility of the vocal music for college-age singers and for its light-hearted juxtaposition to Purcell’s tragic ‘Dido and Aeneas,’” Outland said. “One can hear elements of the musical and dramatic genius that the young Mozart developed further over the future 23 years of his short life.”

Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” was composed around 1687 to 1689. The story was adapted from Virgil’s “Aeneid” and deals with the relationship of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, a Trojan warrior who finds himself with his sailors on the shores of Carthage, where he becomes enamored with Dido. The opera has often been presented and produced by major opera companies in modern times.

“There are several roles in the one-act opera, offering performance opportunities for young singers in universities and schools of music,” Outland said. “The dramatic compass is expansive and challenges young singers to grow as actors, as well as singers. It also offers them the experience of working with an orchestra and conductor.”

Both productions will be accompanied by the Hayes School of Music Opera Orchestra and conducted by Dr. Chung Park.

The opera is double cast, with different students performing the lead roles in alternating performances.

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