November 14, 2003

Meadows Opera Theatre Presents "From Opera To Broadway: An Evening Of Scenes, " November 24 & 25

DALLAS (SMU) - The Meadows Opera Theatre of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present "From Opera to Broadway: An Evening of Scenes," excerpts from ten operas, operettas and musicals, at 8 p.m. November 24 and 25 in the Margo Jones Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. The concert is free, and no tickets are required. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, call the Division of Music at 214.768.1951.

The program will feature arias and duets from a variety of productions, including three from one of the most beloved of all operas: the scenes between Mimi and Rodolfo at the end of Act I in Puccini's "La Boheme." Also featured will be Mozart's lighthearted "The Magic Flute" and "Cosi fan Tutte," Sondheim's "A Little Night Music," Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel," Verdi's classic "La Traviata," and Gilbert and Sullivan's comic "Pirates of Penzance," among others. The performers will sing in English, French, Italian and German.

Under the direction of Marciem Bazell, the Meadows Opera Theatre is dedicated to preparing young artists for careers in opera. Singers are not only trained vocally but in acting, stagecraft, language, movement and stage combat. The group's most recent full production was Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro."

Marciem Bazell joined the Meadows School last year as assistant professor and director of opera. She formerly directed opera productions and served on the faculty at two renowned music schools in Philadelphia, The Curtis Institute of Music and The Academy of Vocal Arts. In addition, Bazell has worked as a freelance director for regional opera companies for the past 15 years. Her directorial credits include "Tosca," "Faust," "La Traviata," "La Boheme," "Rigoletto," "Romeo et Juliette" and many other productions for companies throughout the U.S., including The Chautauqua Opera, The Sarasota Opera, The Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Illinois, The El Paso Opera and others. She has also worked with young artists in the apprentice programs of the Sarasota, Chautauqua, Virginia and Des Moines operas.