UK Opera's Undergrads Present Double-bill
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 9, 2013) — For its third year, University of Kentucky Opera Theatre (UKOT) is able to present a double-bill performance featuring the university's undergraduate opera students' talents. There will be two one-act operas, Arthur Sullivan’s "Cox and Box" or "The Long-Lost Brothers" and Giacomo Puccini’s "Suor Angelica." The performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 171 Market St. in downtown Lexington.
Sullivan's "Cox and Box," an English operetta set in Venice, features five talented men of the undergraduate program. Junior Jacob Waid and senior Philip Eschweiler, who last appeared as the Phantom and Raoul in UKOT’s main stage production of "The Phantom of the Opera", play the title characters, who each rent a single room to Sergeant Bouncer, played by senior Markel Reed, unbeknownst to the other. "Cox and Box" is co-directed by Gregory Turay, artist-in-residence and UK alumnus, and Patrick Joel Martin. Music direction is being provided by John Greer, principal vocal coach for UKOT.
Puccini's "Suor Angelica," sung in Italian with English supertitles, is performed by 13 women of the undergraduate program. "Suor Angelica" recounts the fall, redemption and final transfiguration of its central character, performed by Brittany Nicole Jones, winner of the 2012 Alltech Outstanding Transfer Award. The opera is directed by Professor in Voice and Endowed Chair for Vocal Performance Cynthia Lawrence and music direction is by Marcello Cormio, a doctoral candidate in conducting. Twelve players from the UK Symphony Orchestra will perform the opera's music under the baton of Lucia Marin, a doctoral candidate in conducting.
Tickets for "Cox and Box" and "Suor Angelica" are $9 for students and $13 for adults. A processing fee will be added upon transaction. Tickets are available through the Singletary Center Ticket Office in person, by calling 859-257-4929, or visiting www.scfatickets.com. For more information call 859-257-9331.
The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.
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