Nine scenes from eight operas and an oratorio are featured in BYU’s Opera Scenes this year from February 22 to the 25 at 7:30 PM in the Madsen Recital Hall.

Handel’s Solomon will be the solo oratorio piece in the performance among the opera scenes. Similar to opera in many aspects, oratorios differ by narrating vocal and musical stories without costumes, scenery or action.

“Although this is an oratorio, we will be staging the scene in opera style, depicting Solomon judging the two women with the surviving baby,” said professor Lawrence Vincent, director of the scenes. “This scene gives us an opportunity to feature two of our countertenors.”

The scenes also feature three duets including Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixer of Love), Massenet’s Werther, and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

The finale will showcase two scenes from the first act of the same opera.

“We’ll finish the evening with two scenes from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte,” said Vincent. “Both the beautiful Act 1 trio and the hilarious Act 1 finale.”

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Tickets and Show Details

  • Performance Dates: February 22-25
  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Location: Madsen Recital Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU
  • Price: $5-6
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