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APSU Opera Theatre premiers comic opera by famed composer

Austin Peays Opera Theatre proudly presents the premier of Seymour Barabs A Perfect Plan.

The two-act comic opera will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 1, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 2, in APSUs music/mass communication building concert hall. Barab will host a discussion of his work one hour before each performance in the music/mass communication building, room 147.
Austin Peay's Opera Theatre proudly presents the premier of Seymour Barab's “A Perfect Plan.”

The two-act comic opera will begin at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 1, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 2, in APSU's music/mass communication building concert hall. Barab will host a discussion of his work one hour before each performance in the music/mass communication building, room 147.

Set in the 1920s, “A Perfect Plan” is a family-friendly opera about a young man's plan to overcome serious financial difficulties to prove he is prepared to support his fiancée. Should he fail to do so in one month's time, she will accept the proposal of his nemesis.

Working with Barab, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and 1998 recipient of the National Opera Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for APSU faculty and students.

“It is rare that an undergraduate student can place the first performance of an opera on his or her resume,” says Dr. Allen Henderson, director of the Opera Theatre. “It is a credit to the department of music that Mr. Barab would agree for the premier to be performed at Austin Peay.”

APSU will honor Barab with a concert featuring the Opera Theatre performers and Belmont University opera students at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 30, in APSU's music/mass communication concert hall. The Opera Theatre will perform a number of his vocal compositions. Belmont students will perform Barab's chamber opera, “The Ruined Maid.”

Friday's concert and both pre-show discussions are free and open to the public.

The cost of admission to Saturday and Sunday performances of “A Perfect Plan” is $8 for adults and $5 for students. The Music Ticket Office will open from 3-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, April 28-30, and one hour prior to each performance. For further information, telephone 7818.
—Terry Stringer