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Loyola Presents Opera Scenes: The French Connection

Loyola press release - November 15, 2017

Saluting the Tricentennial of New Orleans and the 75th anniversary of the New Orleans Opera, Loyola Presents for one night only “The French Connection.” The showcase is free and open to the public, and is slated for Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium.

This year’s Opera Scenes will showcase 35 Loyola voice and opera students. The annual performance features a mix of opera, operetta and Broadway, and will present scenes from several operas from Evangeline to Dead Man Walking.

“It’s always a fun challenge to put together a program for which half of the singers are sopranos – and at very different levels,” said Carol Rausch, director of Loyola Opera Theatre. “The goals are sometimes to play into a singer’s known strengths, at other times to draw something out or "test" certain individuals. Hopefully, the concert takes the audience on a journey and serves well the performers, too.”

The performances are grouped into three categories showcasing our vibrant French cultural heritage: 1) famous operas which held their U.S. premieres here, 2) works set in or written about Paris, and 3) music and scenes written about New Orleans.

Rausch will serve as musical director and conductor, with staging by Claire Shackleton and David Morelock.

Learn more about the School of Music here and the Vocal Department here.

Loyola Presents: Opera Scenes will take place in Nunemaker Auditorium, Third Floor, Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans, 6363 St. Charles Ave. This event is free and open to the public and free parking is available in the university’s West Road garage, located off St. Charles Avenue. For more information, visit presents.loyno.edu or call the Loyola Box Office at (504) 865-2074.