OC presents free “Opera Scenes” April 6 Music department performs four famous operas in original languages

Apr 05, 2018

Oklahoma Christian University’s music department presents its annual “Opera Scenes” April 6, featuring four classic fairy tales performed in their original languages. The performance will be April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Adams Recital Hall, located in the Garvey Center. Admission is free.

The opera scenes include “Hansel and Gretel,” “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood” and “The Magic Flute.” The songs take adults back to the nostalgia of childhood with a twist of traditional culture. Two of the scenes are performed in German, one is in French and the last in English. Subtitles with translations will be provided on projection screens so the audience can follow along with the singers.

Celeste Dvorak is an adjunct music professor at OC and the director of the opera scenes. She chose the theme of the show and the corresponding scenes to engage the audience in materials they have seen before.

“I chose the scenes I did based on our amazing singers, the diversity of music and songs that are fun,” Dvorak said. “I've really enjoyed seeing our performers come out of their shells. Opera is an amazing and complicated art form, and I think that the students have really stepped into these scenes and had fun.”

Junior Rachel Stanley is making her first appearance in OC’s opera scenes. She plays the roles of Hansel and Papagena, and she has learned from her experiences in opera.

“[Opera] has challenged me to become a better musician. It's pushed me in several ways, like singing at the top of my range,” Stanley said. “I've loved getting to know and sing with other students in the opera.”

In addition to “Opera Scenes,” OC will host a choir concert April 10 in the McIntosh Conservatory, located in the Garvey Center on campus. The 7:30 p.m. performance will highlight the school’s three choirs with music from Eric Whitaker, Robert Shaw and others. Admission is free.