Some of the top instructors in the
field of Opera and Musical Theater are on the Midwestern State University campus
to conduct the fourth annual Opera Breve Vocal Intensive (OBVI) workshop. The
workshop is a three-week program of master classes including stage instruction,
acting, vocal lessons, foreign language, diction, and coaching in both opera
and musical theater held on MSUís campus, and is designed to help participants
better their performance skills.
OBVI was founded by MSU alumna Lenora
Eve with a goal to help young, talented artists gain experience and seek an
opportunity to take a higher step in the world of opera. The idea grew out of
the Opera Breve nonprofit company based in New York City, and it took action in
MSU alumna and OBVI Executive Director
Darla Diltz and Eve chose their hometown of Wichita Falls as a place to host their
workshop. They recognized the musical talents of North Texans and wanted to
keep a local connection for students, as well as bring more opera to North
Additional faculty and staff for this
yearís Opera Breve include Dr. Stephen Austin, Lynn Ann Thomas, Randy Ahmed,
Rachel Kapelski, Jamie Cohen, Mickey Jordan, Lisa Jackson, Jonathan Moots, Eve,
All OBVI performances will be held in
MSUís Akin Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors
and students, and free admission for MSU students, faculty, and staff with
valid MSU I.D.
Don Giovanni (Mozzart)- Pianist Grant Jones with OBVI Chamber
Orchestra, Stage Director Carroll Freeman, and Conductor Stephen Dubberly.
p.m., Tuesday, July 15, and 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 18
Little Women (Adamo) - Pianist Abigail Payne Sander with Stage
Director JJ Hudson, and Music Director/Pianist Brian Osborne.
p.m., Thursday, July 17, and 3 p.m., Saturday, July 19
Carousel (Rodgers and Hammerstein) - Stage Director Scott Susong, Music Director/Pianist
Jad Bernardo, and choreography by Mike and Erin Sherry.
p.m., Wednesday, July 16, and 3 p.m., Sunday, July 20
Opera Scenes and Musical Theatre Showcase - with stage director Eve, music director
Christy Lee, director Scott Susong,
and music director Jad Bernardo:
p.m., Saturday, July 19
For more information, visit www.operabreve.com.
Written by Marija Jovanovic, Pubic Information Summer Intern