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Senior Lauryn Wallentine and sophomore Colby Kendrick as Susie and Tony in ‘Figaro’s Wedding ceremony’ (Photographs by KJ Jugar)

Liberty College’s Faculty of Music invitations audiences to take pleasure in modernized Mozart with “Figaro’s Wedding ceremony,” an tailored manufacturing of the famed composer’s opera “The Marriage of Figaro,” to be carried out within the Tower Theater from Jan. 26-29.

Dr. Wayne Kompelien, a professor of voice, based Liberty’s opera program in 1987 and started directing scholar operas yearly in 1988, together with productions of “La Bohème,” “The Magic Flute,” and “Cosi fan tutte.” The Faculty of Music has staged its personal model of The Marriage of Figaro 3 times with the variation that Kompelien and Dr. John Hugo, chair of the Division of Music Concept and Historical past, created to each shorten and modernize the efficiency. As a substitute of an 18th century palace in Spain, the story performs out in a modern-day restaurant in New York Metropolis run by a member of the Mafia, and consists of added dialogue as a substitute of the normal recitative, an opera time period that refers back to the moments when the singer adopts the rhythms and supply of bizarre speech.

“It takes on extra of a musical kind of taste, however it’s nonetheless all actual Mozart after we sing,” Kompelien stated, noting that he desires the present to share each the artwork and accessibility of opera. “You come out of the theater with these fantastic themes ringing by means of your head. We’ve obtained a proficient group of scholars who sing rather well, and I need the phrase ‘opera’ to have a superb connotation. It will likely be very entertaining, gentle, and enjoyable, and folks will take pleasure in this style that lots of them haven’t partaken of. However they’ll nonetheless get a taste of true opera.”

The manufacturing features a 25-student solid, most of whom are learning voice as their main focus, and one other 20 college students within the orchestra. Kompelien stated the manufacturing will assist college students acquire extra expertise in operatic efficiency and turn into higher singers and actors.

“A whole lot of these college students are vocal efficiency majors, and they’re getting ready to go on to graduate colleges and have careers in singing items like this,” he stated. “To have the ability to do a job in an opera like this can be a actual feather in your cap which you could put in your résumé. Any time you get a chance to do one thing like this, it’s invaluable to the scholars.”

Sophomore Colby Kendrick and senior Lauryn Wallentine, who play the female and male leads (renamed Tony and Susie on this model as a substitute of Figaro and Susanna), stated that the chance has helped them develop in a number of points of efficiency.

“This music is commonplace rep for everybody in opera, so to have the ability to be taught it, carry out this character, and get the music and story underneath my belt actually prepares me for no matter I’ll get to do sooner or later,” Kendrick stated. “The music itself is timeless, and in addition the comedy and completely different liberties we’re taking with the present are actually enjoyable.”

“We don’t actually have lots of (alternatives) within the Lynchburg space to do opera, and I’m in a position to work my expertise on performing, singing, and even some choreography,” Wallentine stated. “I’m excited for folks to see the silliness of every part, but additionally the integrity of the opera and the way lovely all of it is. Lots of people don’t know that they like opera till they see it.”

Performances of “Figaro’s Wedding ceremony” will likely be held Jan. 26, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Tickets might be bought at

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