Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-04-24

Samford OperaWorks will take opera on the road next week in its first-ever performance tour of Alabama's Black Belt.

The Samford University musicians, directed by G. William Bugg, will perform at the Back Street Opry House in Vernon on Monday, April 28, and at the Armory in Aliceville on Tuesday, April 29. The seven-member troupe will perform three times at each venue.

Each performance will include three one-act operas, Pergolesi's La Serva Padrone, Salieri's Little Harlequinade and Menotti's The Telephone. The shows will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for school audiences, and 7 p.m. for the general public.

The visit to Lamar and Pickens counties is presented in conjunction with Alabama OperaWorks.

Performers are David Berg, Jeff Caulk, Ragan Deal, Tim Eachus, Sadie Frazier, Caitlin Huie and Lindsay Murphy.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.