Opera staging a return to FHSU, western Kansas

Opera -- a complete opera performance -- returns to Fort Hays State University this year. Auditions for the 2005-06 Opera Workshop Production will be from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7, in Palmer Recital Hall, room 115 of Malloy Hall on the FHSU campus.

"These auditions will result in the selection of an opera and culminate in three performances in January," said Joseph Perniciaro (pronounced per-nih-CHAIR-oh), instructor of voice and director of opera in the FHSU Department of Music.

The auditions are an open casting call for all university students, former students and interested community members, he said.

"It is unnecessary to be a music major, merely necessary to have a desire to perform."

Singers should bring one or two prepared pieces from opera, operetta, musical theatre or other classical art song. Those who want to audition can sign up for an audition time outside of room 237, Malloy Hall, or call (785) 628-5329 to make necessary arrangements.

Perniciaro will also offer sessions in stage movement, gestures and acting for the singer.

"These tools will not only be useful in the upcoming production but add to the overall training of participants," he said.

"Our goal is, really, to develop a program with training, as far as acting and movement and audition techniques -- stagecraft, basically," said Perniciaro. "This is tailored to actually culminate in the opera performance in January."

Perniciaro has performed principal roles with opera companies across the United States, including New Orleans, Albuquerque, Des Moines, Houston and Pensacola.

"The goal," he said, "is the re-introduction of full fledged opera to FHSU and to the community and to develop an audience for it as well. There's opera now in Amarillo, there's opera in Wichita, and there's certainly talent enough for there to be opera in Hays."

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