Students to Perform ‘Ominous Opera’

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 27, 2015 – Students in the Opera Scenes class at High Point University will bring some of opera’s most sinister plots and deceptive characters to life for Friday the 13th. The concert, “Ominous Opera,” will be held at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13 in Charles E. Hayworth Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

HPU student Ashley Russell performs at last year’s event.

HPU student Ashley Russell performs at last year’s event.

Under the direction of Dr. Scott MacLeod, assistant professor of voice and co-chair of the HPU vocal division, the Opera Scenes class will present a semi-staged program of excerpts from Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Mozart’s “Magic Flute,” Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” and Gounod’s “Faust.”

The concert will feature HPU students Catherine Bakewell, Jay Card, Michaela Cockerham, Lauren Fitch, Laura Hutchins, Leah Larson, Nick Pierle and James Austin Porzenski. Dr. Ben Blozan is their coach and accompanist.

MacLeod says he selected ominous opera as the theme for the class’ capstone performance because of the wealth of repertoire within the subject matter.

“Opera is full of plot twists based on simple miscommunications or fateful missteps,” MacLeod says. “Friday the 13th gives us the perfect angle to explore the more sinister side of opera. The audience can expect an entertaining evening with a lot of variety – comedy, tragedy, love, deception and mystery. We have an excellent group of participants this year who are working hard to produce a fine showcase.”

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