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Ready to take center stage? Our lyric theatre program showcases full productions each year, featuring undergraduates in the lead roles, chorus and orchestra. Our students prepare for a career in opera by receiving professional coaching and stage direction. 

Recent productions include Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon and My Fair Lady, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Marriage of Figaro, and Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado.

The yearly productions are open to majors and non-majors, but audition is required. For more information, contact Grant Knox.

Spring 2015

>February 26 and 28, 8 p.m.  DOUBLE FEATURE!  McAlister Auditorium
Call 864-294-2086 for tickets.  Sales open in January.

Dido and Aeneas
CO-PRESENTED WITH THE FURMAN CHAMBER CHOIR
    Music by Henry Purcell, Libretto by Nahun Tate
    Conducted by Bill Thomas, Directed by Grant Knox
Based on the love story from Virgil’s Aeneid, this English baroque masterpiece features magnificent music, powerful drama, and striking intensity. Premiered in 1689, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is one of the greatest operas composed between Monteverdi’s lifetime and Mozart’s. Sung in English.

The Medium
    Words and Music by Gian Carlo Menotti
    Conducted by Hugh Floyd, Directed by Grant Knox
Composed by Gian Carlo Menotti in 1946, the psychologically disturbing and ghostly chamber opera The Medium tells the story of Baba, who, as “Madame Flora,” conducts bogus séances with her daughter Monica and a gypsy deaf-mute named Toby to extract money from bereaved parents. Sung in English

>March 18, 8 p.m. in Asheville, NC (39 South Market St. - the YMI Building)
Tickets sold by Asheville Lyric Opera: call 828-236-0670.

The Impresario
CO-PRESENTED WITH THE ASHEVILLE LYRIC OPERA (Opera Outreach)
    Music by W.A. Mozart
    Directed by Grant Knox
The Impresario is a comic chamber opera satirizing the rivalries, the egos, and the divas of show business. The title “impresario” character seeks to cast the lead of a new opera, and when two rival sopranos are both going for the same role, there is bound to be drama … Both trying to out-sing the other, both flirting profusely with the director! With some comically difficult arias, this promises to be a fantastic production! Sung in English.

>March 28, 8 p.m. Daniel Recital Hall
Call 864-294-2086 for tickets.  Sales open in January.

The Diary of One Who Vanished
    Martin Katz, guest artist pianist
    Grant Knox, tenor, Tamara Matthews, soprano
    Furman Women’s Chorale
    Music by Leoš Janácek
In 1917, while reading his local newspaper, the Czech composer Leoš Janácek discovered the poems that he was to set to music in his song cycle The Diary of One Who Vanished. Written by Ozef Kalda and published anonymously, they tell the story of a farmer’s boy who abandons his home because he has fallen in love with a Gypsy. Sung in Czech with English supertitles.

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