WBU will perform opera scenes

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University’s Department of Music has scheduled and evening of opera scenes for Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium.

The opera scenes performance has become an annual event at Wayland under the direction of Jeff Kensmoe, director of vocal studies, opera and musical theatre at Wayland. This year’s performance will feature some familiar scenes as well as some that people may not recognize.

The group will perform scenes from Stephen Sondheim’s “End of the Woods,” an opera that mixes familiar fairy tales to create a whole new story.

“It’s a fan favorite,” Kensmoe said.

Spectators will also be treated to scenes from the Tony Award winning “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” as well as “Julius Caesar,” “The Magic Flute,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti,” and the famous “Lakme Flower Duet.” The performance will also feature scenes from the American Opera “The Ballad of Baby Doe,” by Gerald Moore.

“It’s a very wide variety both operatically and musically,” Kensmoe said.

Admission to the performance is free and open to the public.