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OPERA UTEP presents - Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Guest Artist Master Class: Randall Bills, tenor

Tenor Randall Bills, hailed by Opera News magazine for “his consummate mastery of Rossini’s style, range and vocal bravura,” will sing the leading role of Prince Ramiro in El Paso Opera’s production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola. He joins us to share his expertise and experience with UTEP voice majors.

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm

UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Spring show: Fledermaus & Friends

Opera UTEP presents Act 2 of Johann Strauss Jr.'s classic operetta Die Fledermaus with additional light opera favorites. With guest artist Dr. Risa Renae Harman as Rosalinda, Dr. Esequiel Meza, piano, Dr. James Welsch, conductor and Lisa Smith, choreographer. Featuring the UTEP Ballet and UTEP Brass Choir.

Saturday, April 8, 7:30pm 
Sunday, April 9, 2:30pm

UTEP Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall
Ticket information below.

Fledermaus & Friends Tickets:

$12 General Admission
$8 Seniors/Military/Non-UTEP Students
Free for Children 12 and under, UTEP Students, Faculty & Staff

Tickets may be purchased in advance from any University Ticket Center outlet (recommended!) or at the door. 


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Opera Workshop

UTEP Department of Music Vocal Area offers Opera Workshop (or "Opera UTEP") for undergraduate or graduate ensemble credit. Two semesters are required for performance and education majors though many choose to take the course multiple times.

Opera Workshop teaches students the fundamentals of operatic performance. Skills such as body awareness, movement, dance, role preparation, character development, acting, stage combat and audition techniques are among the topics to be explored and practiced in the class.

Repertoire for public performances will be selected to meet the voice types and skill levels of the enrolled students and may include scenes from opera and/or musical theater, one-act operas, and/or major works from the operatic repertoire.

The ensemble meets 6 hours a week in the fall and spring semesters. There are no prerequisites for the course but prior performance experience is helpful. Placement auditions will be scheduled as needed.

The ensemble is directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Cherry Duke with pianist Dr. Esequiel Meza.

Opera UTEP has residencies, master classes and talks with guest artists several times a semester. Recent guests have included:

  • Maestro Steven M. Crawford, vocal coach and conductor
  • Jay Stratton, acting coach
  • Randi Rudolph, vocal coach
  • Justin Lucero, acting coach
  • Kevin Deas, baritone
  • Jessica Medoff Bunchman, mezzo-soprano
  • Ricardo Rivera, baritone

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