NTSU Notes, February 1980 Page: 7
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Opera productions include NT composers
NTSU's Opera Theater, directed by
Thomas Holliday, included works by
faculty composers Merrill Ellis and
Martin Mailman in the 1979 season.
The Sorceror by Ellis and the southwest
premiere of The Hunted by Mailman
received standing ovations from
enthusiastic audiences at two
Holliday's major production for the
year was Mozart's The Marriage of
Figaro. The opera was given in the
composer's original complete version,
conducted by Anshel Brusilow with the
NT Chamber Orchestra, sets and
costumes by Jay Trimble, stage
direction by Holliday, and assisted by
faculty artist Grant Williams in the role
of Don Basilio. The work with a
double cast of students was presented
last spring in four performances on
campus and in four off-campus tour
The Summer Opera Workshop
produced the U.S. premiere of
Schubert's The Friends from Salamanca
for the 1979 NATS Regional
Convention held at NTSU's new music
building in June. The English
translation was by Holliday who also
conducted the four performances. Also
in June, the New Music Theater
Workshop presented an evening of
works by Kim Corbett, Elliot Schwarz,
John Cage, and NT composers Ellis
and Larry Austin.
Operatic scenes performed during
the year have included selections from
Monteverdi, Korngold, Ravel,
Wagner, Debussy and Rossini.
The U.S. premiere of Bizet's Don
Procopio, in an English translation by
Holliday, was scheduled on campus
February 27, 28, 29 and March 1.
A highlight of the 1980 summer
season will be the world premiere of
Orpheus in Pecan Springs, composed by
distinguished professor William
Latham, with libretto by Thomas
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Cello choir tours Mexico
The NTSU Cello Choir, directed by
Adolfo Odnoposoff, performed seven
concerts during its November tour of a
Mexico. The itinerary included
Guanajuato, Zacatecas, 21
Aguascalientes, Ldon, Puebla, and
Queretaro. Odnoposoff, an
international cellist, has concertized
many times throughout Latin America
and is a familiar figure to Mexican
audiences. He reported full houses for
the Cello Choir's performances,
enthusiastic receptions, and an
invitation for the group's return for
future programs. The tour was
sponsored by Fonapas, the cultural
agency of the Mexican government.
NTSU Cello Choir. Standing, left to right: Professor Odnoposoff; Dan Lewis, Dallas; Diego Vil-
la. Envigado, Colombia. S.A.; Richard Rose, Natchitoches, Louisiana; Mitch Maxwell, Abilene:
Chris Adkins, Denton; Robert Nosow, Okemos, Michigan. Seated, left to right: Paul
Kirkpatrick, Denton; Patty Bradley, Beaumont; Lucinda Adams, Denton; Diana Baker,
Pasadena; John Finch, Mesquite. Members not pictured: David Decker, Dallas; Dede Ingram.
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