HU Music Department Presents Evening of Opera April 4

The Highlands University Music Department presents “An Evening of Opera,” Sat., April 4, 7:30 p.m., in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.The musical program includes duets from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and Cosi fan tutte, and solos from The Marriage of Figaro and The Abduction from the Seraglio. Other featured operas include Verdi’s Falstaff and La Traviata, Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Boehme and Gianni Schicchi, and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. The grand finale of the program will be the famous sextet from Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoo, a tragic opera based loosely on Sir Walter Scott’s novel, The Bride of Lammermoor.The program will feature tenor Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, Highlands University’s Music Department program coordinator and choral program director, who has performed frequently with the Desert Chorale, on the main stage of the Santa Fe Opera, and soloed with The Santa Fe Symphony, the Albuquerque Symphony, and Santa Fe Pro Musica; soprano Alicia Solomon, who has performed with the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Symphony, Chamber Music Festival, Desert Chorale, and solos for Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe; and pianist Linda King of Las Vegas, who performs frequently as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, including the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chamber, and the Beethoven Festival of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. Music students Karliz de Marco, Eliza Woodyard, Stephanie Salas, Shawn Woodyard, Joseph Chavez and alumni Devin Barad will perform. Eliza Woodyard recently won first place in the Vocal Artistry Art Song Competition in Albuquerque. All the students are active members of the NMHU Performing Arts Club, formed in fall 2007. ┬áTickets are $5 for university faculty and staff, $3 for students, and $10 for general admission. All proceeds go to the university’s Chamber Music Choir. The performance is to raise funds for students to attend the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, this summer.