Students rehearse a piece from "The Magic Flute."

Photographer: Linsi McCall

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Opera scenes explores the elixir of love

Annual performance features scenes from six operas

The School of Music will present their annual opera scenes performance, titled “Aspects of Love: Through the Eyes of Opera Composers" at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 in the Ridges Auditorium.

This musical and theatrical performance will feature scenes from six different operas from all over Europe, including “Romeo and Juliet” and “Carmen.” Also included are works from “Eugene Onegin,” “Elixir of Love,” “Der Freischütz” and “The Magic Flute.” Seventeen Ohio University students are performing in the production.

Richard Crist, director of the opera program, hopes the audience is inspired after viewing these performances.

“To have the audience enjoy and be provoked into thinking about the ideas which they have just seen and heard would be what we consider a success,” he said.

The School of Music provides one of the only opportunities in the region to view opera. Crist stressed the difference between viewing an opera versus another musical concert.

“It’s different viewing opera from other music concerts because of the theatrical aspects. We not only tell the story to the audience through music, but visually through the action, costumes and scenery. The goal is to have someone who does not speak the language, in which we are singing, to follow the action and understand the story.”

Tickets for the performance are $8 and reservations can be made at College of Fine Arts box office in Kantner Hall. OHIO students with a valid ID receive free through Arts for Ohio.