Fall Opera Scenes Performance to be held Nov. 17-18

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Featuring scenes from "Carmen" and "Don Giovanni," Luther College will perform "Fall Opera Scenes: Close Encounters" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on the Luther campus.

The performances, directed by Luther professors Deborah Gover, Nicholas Shaneyfelt and Jonathon Struve are open to the public with no charge for admission.

In addition to the aforementioned operas, scenes from "Cosí fan tutte," "Street Scene," "Kiss Me, Kate," "I Capuleti e i Montecchi," "Into the Woods," "La clemenza di Tito," "Madama Butterfly," "Romèo et Juliette," "The Ballad of Baby Doe," "Candide" and "La Traviata" will be performed.

Performances feature Luther students Nathan Baldwin, Emily Dirks, Libby Fischer, Mitchell Gage, Eddy Galstad, Abby Korenchan, Gabrielle Laske, Kelvin Li, Mason Montuoro, Hailey Mork, Michaela Phillips, Natalie Rumer, Marie Sauze, Jacob Schmidt, Aaron Shouse, Aidan Spencer, Barbara Stier, Isaac Stivers, Josh Vidervol and Brandon Whitish.

Luther College students Joshua Burniece, Bethany Larson and Anne Wilson will collaborate with the performers on the piano.

Fall Opera Scenes performances are a culmination of students' work in the opera scenes class, including musical rehearsals, staging, and various aspects of production, including props, costumes and publicity.

Luther is home to one of the largest collegiate music programs in the nation, with six choirs, three orchestras, three bands, two jazz bands and more than 800 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 275 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance.