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MC students to perform at 'A Night at the Opera'

Monmouth College students will be featured in “A Night at the Opera” on April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

Dane Feenstra, a 2011 MC graduate from Pittsfiled, will direct the program as part of his post-baccalaureate project, which he has worked on with assistant professor of music Tim Pahel. The students will perform scenes from a variety of operas, including Bizet’s “Carmen,” Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte,” Delibe’s “Lakmé” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado.”

“Dane did an intensive study of opera in the fall, including reading opera history, watching videos and live performances of operas and planning out all the logistics of putting on this opera scenes program,” said Pahel. “I am very happy and excited that the students are taking on this project.”

In addition to Feensta, students who will perform include Erika Durdle, Dahinda; Nathan Forrester, Galesburg; Clarissa Gardner, Elk Grove Village; Danielle Kita, Oak Lawn; Brandon Ouellette, Galesburg; Allie Phillips, Monmouth; Dan Reid, Carlinville; and Colleen Sinclair, Arlington Heights.

“Students study classical vocal music at Monmouth, but they do not have the opportunity to be in full-scale opera productions,” explained Pahel. “This program is a perfect way for them to get to know about some of the greatest operas that have been written and experience what it is like to act and sing in an opera. Hopefully, this experience will whet their appetites for more programs like it in the future. They are all working hard, and the performance is going to be stellar.”