The Department of Music is bringing a collection of opera scenes that have been set in the old west to BYU-Idaho, according to the BYU-I Master Calendar.
“Enjoy a delightful mix of opera and the Old West as the students of the Opera Workshop perform a variety of scenes and songs from classic and modern shows,” according to the BYU-I Master Calendar.
The performance will be June 24 and 25 in the Ruth R. Barrus Concert Hall, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The admission is free.
“My favorite scene would have to be the lesson scene from ‘La Fille du Regiment’ (the daughter of the regiment),” said Kayleigh Hammond, a sophomore studying choral education.
“La Fille du Regiment” is about an orphan girl who is raised by a regiment of soldiers, but later learns that she comes from a wealthy family. Her aunt/mother finds her and decides to make a proper lady out of her, according to metopera.org.
“In this comedic scene, Marie’s aunt tries to give her a voice lesson, much to the amusement of everyone watching,” Hammond said. “This scene is in the second act of the show, which is entirely set in a barroom in the old west.”
Hammond said the show is a collaborative effort between Brother David Peck and Brother David Olsen, faculty members in the Department of Music.
“I think people should come because it’s a fun way for people to get a taste of what opera is all about,” Hammond said. “Not to mention, all the soloists are amazing and we’ve worked really hard as a group to pull it all together.”
Some of the operas being taken from include Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, Mollicone’s “The Face on the Barroom Floor” and Donizetti’s “La Fille du Regiment” according to the BYU-I Master Calendar.
“I think it’ll be a really great show,” Hammond said.