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Hope College Presents Opera Workshop
Concert on Wednesday, March 5

Posted February 18, 2003

HOLLAND -- Hope College will present an Opera Workshop Concert on Wednesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The Opera Workshop is taught once a year during January and February, culminating in the annual performance. The concert will consist of scenes from several operas.

Two scenes are from the American opera "The Ballad of Baby Doe," which is based on a true story of Horace Tabor, a wealthy silver mine owner in 19th-century Colorado. Tabor was married to Augusta Tabor, but the marriage was not happy. He then met Baby Doe, a young woman abandoned by her husband in Leadville. The opera revolves around the scandal of Horace divorcing Augusta and taking up with Baby Doe, and then the loss of his wealth and his eventual death.

The other scenes are from "Die Fledermaus," by Johann Strauss, and "Merry Wives of Windsor," by Otto Nicolai.

Students performing include junior Sara Luneack of Alma; sophomore Abbie Matthews of Fort Wayne, Ind.; sophomore Andrew Meyers of Churchville, N.Y.; senior Alyson Payne of Three Oaks; junior Carmen Rabbitt of Muskegon; freshman Jessica Schmidt of Crown Point, Ind. (piano); senior Crystal Stabenow of Mount Pleasant; sophomore Rachel Trautwein of Wheaton, Ill.; and sophomore Joe Turbessi of Nunica (piano). The concert will also feature staff accompanist Laura Donnelly.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located in the middle of the Hope campus, along the former 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.

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