January 9, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

“An Evening of Opera Scenes” is the new year’s treat from the California State University, Bakersfield Singers Opera Theater on Friday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Doré Theater.

CSUB music professor Peggy Sears, who will direct and narrate the scenes, is excited about the program. “We have some familiar faces – audience favorites from ‘The Gypsy Baron’ (CSUB’s production of Johann Strauss’s popular comic opera that played to full houses Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2003) – and some exciting new talent. Plus we’ll be performing favorite scenes from some of the world’s most popular operas.”

The audience will be treated to scenes from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's “The Marriage of Figaro,” Carl Maria von Weber's “Der Freischutz,” Giacomo Puccini's “La Boheme,” Georges Bizet's “Pearl Fishers,” Gian Carlo Menotti's “The Old Maid and the Thief,” Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier,” and a finale from Cole Porter's “Anything Goes.”

Additionally, the performance will feature two mother-daughter debuts: Sears’s daughter Sara Kean will be singing, as will Leslie Roberts (she was in the cast of “The Gypsy Baron”) and her daughter Michelle Roberts. Both Michelle Roberts and Kean are among the new talent to appear on the CSUB stage.

Other newcomers are Monica Hernandez, Jason Sliger, Roberto Becerra, and Katie Newlen. Among the familiar faces are Mary Bellah, Adam Calvillo, Kenny and Jill Burdick, Sarah Feliz and Nicola Hennen.

Sears also said that Bakersfield native and recent University of Southern California graduate Elizabeth Heinrichs will perform and help with the production. Sears said Heinrichs is a new member of the voice faculty at CSUB.

CSUB music professor Charles Badami will provide piano accompaniment, Roger Upton will provide costumes, and CSUB theater professor Ray Finnel will do lighting and set design.

Admission is $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors. Tickets are available in advance by calling Sears at 664-2168, or at the box office the evening of the performance. The box office opens 30 minutes before curtain time.