Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

April 9, 2003

Meadows Opera Theatre Presents "Scenes Of Love, Hate And Fantasy," April 28 & 29

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Opera Theatre of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present "Scenes of Love, Hate and Fantasy," excerpts from a dozen operas, at 8 p.m. April 28 and 29 in the Greer Garson 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, duets, trios and ensembles from a variety of productions: Massenet's Werther, based on Goethe's The Sorrows of Werther, about a poet who falls in love with a woman who belongs to another; Britten's Turn of the Screw, based on Henry James' novella about a governess caring for two children possessed by ghosts; Verdi's Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo's The King Amuses Himself, a classic tale of love and betrayal; and many more. The performers will sing in English, French, Italian and ancient Egyptian.

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 August 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.