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Opera Scenes at Shepherd University


Come join us for an intimate afternoon performance of opera scenes on Tuesday, December 1 at 2:00 PM in the W. H. Shipley Recital Hall of the Frank Arts Center. Under the direction of Melanie Regan, selections include excerpts from Mikado, Little Women, The Magic Flute, Gondoliers, Trouble in Tahiti, and Elixir of Love.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The performance will be a semi-staged production with minimal costume and props. Piano accompaniment will be by Barbara Irvine and performers are Henry DeBuchananne (Harpers Ferry, WV), Jamie Friedel (Abingdon, MD), Matthew Gray (Magnolia, DE), Morgan Huyett (Charles Town, WV), Stephanie Proctor (Chantilly, VA), Bethany Przybocki (Haymarket, VA), Simone Reynolds (Suitland, MD), Allexandra Rosle (Harleysville, PA), Mary Sullivan (Lexington Park, MD), Hannah Wardell (Ellicott City, MD), Julie Wyant (Martinsburg, WV), and Helen Zumbach (Knoxville, MD).

Shepherd University Adjunct Professor of Voice, Mezzo-soprano Melanie Zayas Regan, studied at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she earned both her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Voice. Upon completing her Masters degree, she took the position of applied voice instructor at St. James School. In the past several years her position has grown to encompass not only applied instruction but also leading choir sectionals, coaching musicals, assisting in the planning of choir tours, and many other tasks that come up along the way. In 2007, she founded the Saint James Boy’s Ensemble, a group that specializes in close harmony a cappella works with selections ranging from 18th century polyphony to modern pop. In addition to her role as teacher and private voice instructor, she is an active performer both locally and throughout the eastern region of the U.S.

For more information call 304-876-5555.