Music Students

COLUMBUS, Miss. -- The Mississippi University for Women Department of Music is proud to announce its first performance of an evening of fully-staged opera scenes Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Connie Sills Kossen Auditorium in Poindexter Hall. The workshop is free and open to the public.

This performance is a capstone project from the Opera Scenes Workshop class, a special topics course newly offered this semester. The scenes program features W music students singing and acting in seven different excerpts from music drama. Performers include voice and piano majors with degree concentrations ranging from performance to music therapy, all performing as singer-actors. Students had to audition in order to be cast in scenes.

“We’re extremely proud of the talent, discipline, and creative inspiration our opera students have brought to this project. Their love and enjoyment for telling stories through music is contagious,” said Dr. Susan Hurley, who is assistant professor of voice at The W and instructor of the Opera Scenes Workshop class.

Selected scenes come from operas by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Menotti, and more, and feature story-lines that range from unrequited love and the complexity of relationships, to comedy, to the supernatural. Five scenes are performed in English; two scenes will be sung in Italian with English dialogue.

For further information, please contact Dr. Hurley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, April 22