“Cameron Opera Goes to the Movies” in two free performances

The Cameron University Department of Music will present “Cameron Opera Goes to the Movies,” a concert featuring selections of operatic music that have been used in classic and contemporary films. The concert will be presented on Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. Admission is free and is limited to the first 80 patrons. The performances are sponsored by the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild. To reserve a seat, call 581-2440.

The selections will be performed by Cameron vocal students Kathryn Burns, Chelsea Jenkins, Peter Macias, Stacia Martel, Prudence Rivera and Jose Rodriguez, Lawton; Aly Hays, Marlow; Kassandra Murillo and Kirk Prucha, Duncan; Beth Wiedeman, Wichita, Kan.; and Alyssa Yates, Elgin.

The repertoire includes two selections from “Lucia Di Lammermoor,” “Chi mi frena in tal momento" which was used in the 1951 Mario Lanza classic, “The Great Caruso,” and “Il dolce suono” which was featured in “The Fifth Element,” a 1997 hit starring Bruce Willis. Compositions from three Mozart operas will be performed. The program will feature “La ci darem la mano,” which was used in the 1987 Academy Award-winning Danish film “Babette’s Feast,” and “Sull’aria,” which was featured in “The Shawshank Redemption,” both from “The Marriage of Figaro,” as well as “Ich Gehe, doch rate ich dir”  from “The Abduction from the Seraglio” and used in the 1994 hit, “Guarding Tess” and “Ah, Signor Per Carita and Don Giovanni a Cenar Teco” from “Don Giovanni” and used in “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.”

Additional material includes “Ah Jeris De me voi si bell” from “Faust,” which was performed by Jeannette McDonald in the 1936 film “San Francisco”; “J'ai perdu mon Eurydice” from “Orphee et Eurydice” and used in the 2006 production of “Marie Antoinette”;  “La Boheme’s” “D’onde lieta usci” which was used in the 1987 hit “Moonstruck”; “Belle nuit (Barcarolle)” from “The Tales of Hoffman” and featured in the 1997 Academy Award-winner “Life Is Beautiful”; and “Habanera” from “Carmen” and featured in numerous film versions of the Bizet classic.  

The opera workshop performances are directed by Dr. Kathy Scherler, Assistant Professor of Music, and will be accompanied by Yiuka Chan Spannagel on piano.

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February 25, 2014

PR# 14-047