Hays students and community members will have the opportunity to attend the FHSU Music Department's presentation "A Night at the Opera" at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31 in Felten/Start Theatre on the FHSU campus.
The bill, which will be broken down into two 45-minute sessions, will begin with Ravel's one-act opera, The Bewitched Child.
"It's about a naughty child who refuses to do his homework, so his mother sends him to his room," said Dr. James Brown, assistant professor of music at FHSU. "The child becomes upset and throws a temper tantrum, destroying his room and most of his toys, which later come to life."
The piece, originally written in French, will be performed in English.
The second-half of the evening will feature scenes from several operas performed by FHSU students as well as some Hays High students.
The Coronation of Poppea will feature a guest artist from New York who will play a theorbo, which is a baroque lute, similar to a guitar containing additional bass notes. Brown said that he and the artist used to perform together in New York.
Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro will be the third performance of the evening. Brown said that while the plot is very complicated, it is not completely essential for the scene that will be performed.
"In short, it's about a maid, Susanna, marrying Figaro. The Count, while married to the Countess, falls in love with Susanna, who will soon marry Figaro. The scene that we will feature will deal with Figaro and the Countess's plot against the Count."
The final performance, Puccini's La Boheme, is about poor artists living in Paris and their stories of romance.
"It's considered to be one of the most beautifully written operas," Brown said. "The music is sensational!"
Tickets are currently available at the Memorial Union Box Office at $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for the general public, respectively.
"Fort Hays has done operas in the past, but they've been about every two years," Brown said. "I've been really heavily promoting this production, so depending upon the success, hopefully we can do this every year."
For more information, contact Brown by phone at (785) 628-4258.