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Fenlon Lamb Directs "Semele" for Kent State Opera

Posted Mar. 22, 2011

SemeleThe Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and Kent State Opera will present George Frideric Handel's exquisite opera "Semele," on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, Ohio. The performance will be sung in English.

"Semele" tells of the ill-fated love between Semele, daughter of the king of Thebes, and the god Jupiter. Derived from Roman mythology, the story is full of passion, jealousy, and revenge as Jupiter's wife, Juno, seeks to destroy Semele. Kent State's production takes a comic and updated look at this opera which was first performed in 1744. Familiar arias from the score include "Where e'er you walk," Iris, hence away," and "Leave me, loathsome light."

Fenlon LambDirected by familiar northeast Ohio performer and Kent State Opera Artistic Director Fenlon Lamb, the production will feature the talents of twenty-one students from the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance. Guest tenor Scott Mello will appear in the role of Jupiter. Mello has been heard locally in performance with Apollo's Fire. The KSU Orchestra, conducted by Scott Seaton, will accompany the opera.

Tickets for the opera are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for any students with ID. Advance reservations may be made by calling Kerry Glann at 330-672-2485 after March 28. Tickets will also be available at the door. Cash and check are accepted.

For more information, please visit www.kent.edu/artscollege.

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For more information contact:

Kerry Glann, Director of Opera, 330-672-2485
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