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Purchase College Opera Presents 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

There will be four performances if "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in March.
There will be four performances if "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in March. Photo Credit: Contributed by Purchase SUNY

PURCHASE, N.Y. -- Purchase College-SUNY will bring top-tier opera to the Westchester community with a production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" on Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 15.

The lavishly staged opera — featuring the Purchase Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hugh Murphy — will be performed in the Recital Hall of the Purchase College Performing Arts Center at 735 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" is one of the world’s most entertaining English-language operas, with music composed by the Benjamin Britten and libretto adapted from the Shakespeare play.

The production will be performed by students of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music’s renowned Department of Opera Performance and Vocal Studies, along with two alumni in leading roles. These are the performances:

  • Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, March 14 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Ticket prices are $20 or $15 for seniors. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 914-251-6200 or visit: Purchase College’s Department of Opera Performance and Vocal Studies is a highly selective program designed to train and mentor serious students in professional classical singing.

Since 1998, the program has been led by Jacque Trussel, an American tenor who performed with the foremost opera companies throughout North America and Europe. Trussel is also director of the Purchase Opera. “'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' was selected to showcase the voices of the many talented students in our program. It is an ideal opportunity for students to gain experience performing, while we also bring wonderful opera to local audiences,” Trussel said. “As an interesting side note, this year marks the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth — and we are delighted to help celebrate his legacy.” In addition to public performances of opera scenes, art song evenings, solo recitals, and choral works, Purchase College’s Department of Opera Performance and Vocal Studies presents two operas a year. These productions have been acclaimed for inventiveness and a high level of professional quality, winning ten prestigious National Opera Association – Best Opera of the Year awards.

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