WBU Opera program set for March 23, 24

March 6, 2012


PLAINVIEW -- The Wayland Baptist University Opera program will perform its main-stage opera at 7:30 p.m. on March 23-24 in the university’s Harral Memorial Auditorium.

 This year’s project will feature the popular German operetta Die Fledermaus (The Bat) by Johann Strauss II.  A type of opera that is a direct ancestor of what is known in the United States as the Broadway musical; Die Fledermaus is a fun, lively show that brings to life a 1920’s era party attended by citizens of wealth.  Champagne and vodka freely flow, encouraging the guests to live to their own desires, or as the prince hosting the event proclaims, “Chacun a son gout!”  As happens in real life however, the guests, or at least one in particular, learn the folly of free living and are reminded of the importance of love and faithfulness.

The opera is directed by Dr. Brian Kuhnert, assistant professor of voice, and is accompanied by Dr. Gary Belshaw, professor of music composition.  Principal roles are performed by Christal Patterson of Houston, Corinna Browning of Channing, Matthew Whitson of Lubbock, Caleb McLean of Colleyville, and Christiôn Draper of Desoto, Lesley and Thomas Hoffman of Plainview, and Danni Beaudoin of Lubbock.

Admission to the performance is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the School of Music at (806) 291-1076 or email at kuhnertb@wbu.edu.