October 2, 2023

Operafest Brings Opera to UMW, 6/22-6/23

The University of Mary Washington will host its 13th annual Operafest on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. The performances are free and open to the public.

Operafest, directed by UMW voice instructors Kathy Ahearn and Jane Tavernier, is the culmination of an intensive five-week course. The 12 performers auditioned for the course in April and have rehearsed six hours per week since mid-May in preparation for the performances.

The program will include scenes from Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Don Pasquale,” Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” Mozart’s “The Abduction of the Seraglio,” Puccini’s “La Rondine” and Lehar’s “The Merry Widow.”

For more information about Operafest, contact the Department of Music at (540) 654-1012.

Operafest Auditions Next Weekend

University of Mary Washington’s Department of Music will hold auditions for its annual summer Operafest on Saturday, April 14 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Pollard Hall, Room 304. Students who wish to audition should prepare an operatic aria or a classical song. An accompanist will be provided.

The Operafest program, now in its 13th year, is a performance-based class for serious singers of all voice types who want to expand their repertoire in opera or gain on-stage performance experience. In the fast-paced, five-week course students will learn scenes from various operas with staging and costumes. The course will culminate with opera performances on Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall, Dodd Auditorium.

Rehearsals will be held over the summer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. beginning on Monday, May 21. Operafest can be taken as a three-credit course or audited for $300. Members of the community as well as UMW students are encouraged to audition. For more information about Operafest or auditions, call (540) 654-1012.