UMW to Host Operafest, June 19 & 20

The University of Mary Washington will host its 10th annual Operafest on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium. The program is open to the public without charge.

The concert is the culmination of five weeks of intensive operatic studies that was open by audition to serious students who want to sing opera and perform on stage.

Directed by Jane Tavernier and Kathryn Ahearn, voice instructors at the university, the performance features 15 diverse scenes, including the “Tonight Ensemble” with the Sharks and the Jets from “West Side Story,” the quartet from Puccini’s “La Rondine,” the duet from “Pearl Fishers” by Bizet, the trio from “The Impresario” by Mozart, the sailor’s chorus from Wagner’s “Flying Dutchman” and the quartet from “Don Carlo” by Verdi.

A cast of 24 singers ranges from talented high school students and college voice majors to well established and successful artists from the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas.

For more information about Operafest, contact the Department of Music at (540) 654-1012.

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