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Kent State Opera Presents Fall Opera Scenes with "Life Lessons, or Opera 101"

Posted Oct. 31, 2011

OperaThe Kent State School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance present its Fall Opera Scenes entitled "Life Lessons, or Opera 101" directed by Eric van Baars and conducted by Kerry Glann at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 20, in Wright-Curtis Theatre, 1325 Theatre Dr., Music and Speech Center, Kent, OH. Free parking. Tickets for the show are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and free for Kent State University students with ID. Call 330-672-2485 for advance reservations.

The program includes selections from The Mikado, Candide, Die Zauberflote, Fidelio, L'elisir d'amore, Les contes d'Hoffman, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Le nozze di Figaro. The cast includes 21 students from the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance.

Eric van Baars is an associate professor in the School of Theatre and Dance where he teaches Movement and Acting. He has directed productions of Oklahoma, The Diviners, Lysistrata, On the Verge, Honk!, The Wild Party, and A New Brain. He serves as Assistant Artistic Director at Porthouse Theatre where he has directed Pump Boys and Dinettes and Dames at Sea and choreography for Once On This Island, Big River, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Fantasticks. On the Porthouse stage, he has appeared in The Music Man (Harold Hill), The Odd Couple (Felix), Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn), Sweet Charity (Oscar) Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), Guys and Dolls (Benny), and Oklahoma! (Will Parker). As a choreographer/director, Eric's work has been seen at the Halle Theater, St. Louis Rep, Connecticut Rep, Berea Summer Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse and Cain Park. His performance credits include Walnut Street Theatre, GEVA, Theatre Virginia,  Radio City Music Hall, St. Louis Rep, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cherry County Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse, as well as National and International tours. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Kerry Glann is an associate professor in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music where he conducts the KSU Men's and Women's Choruses, serves as Director of Opera and teaches courses in choral music education. He holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in choral conducting from Kent State University. Choruses under his direction have performed at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference and with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming to Kent State, he taught vocal music in the public schools for five years.

Since 1996, Glann has served as musical director and conductor for The Huron Playhouse, a professional-grade non-profit summer theatre located in Huron, Ohio. Recent conducting credits include Beguiled Again: The Songs of Rodgers & Hart, A Little Night Music and The King & I at The Huron Playhouse, Trial by Jury with Kent State Opera, I Pagliacci and Il Tabarro for Opera Per Tutti and Kiss Me, Kate at the Solon Center for the Arts. He is also Director of Music at the United Church of Christ of Kent.

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For more information, contact:
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398