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Popular Mozart Play Relived by U of M Students

November 29, 2011 6:42 AM | Entertainment

By Brian Schultz

A scene from 'the 'Marriage of Figaro.' (QC.EDU)

The lovely sounds of opera will fill St. Andrew’s United Church two days this week — put on by students from the Faculty of Music at the University of Manitoba.

Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro will feature students from the University Orchestra as they perform a condensed 90-minute version of the popular opera piece.

“Both the Opera Theatre and the University Orchestra have a long history of fine music making in the community, and for years we’ve wanted to see such a collaboration at the faculty,” said Mel Braun, head of Vocal Studies. “With the orchestra currently under the direction of WSO assistant conductor Richard Lee, we’ve finally been able to make this happen.”

The performances will give musicians a preview of what they can expect in 2014, when the faculty plans on opening their own 500-seat theatre, complete with an orchestra pit and proscenium. Future plans for the faculty include a full opera production with orchestra each year, as part of rapidly expanding vocal and orchestral programs.

Performances of the Marriage of Figaro are November 30 and December 1 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, and are available by calling (204) 474-9310, or at the door.