The Pacific University Music Department faculty continues to wow and plans on giving the Pacific and Forest Grove community a sneak peak of the operas premiering in Portland later this summer.

On Thursday, Feb. 25, Taylor-Meade auditorium will host the Portland Opera’s Resident Artist Preview for their 2016 Season.

“The Resident Artists will perform arias and ensemble excerpts from the 2016 Portland Opera Festival Season which includes the Magic Flute, Sweeney Todd, Eugene Onegin and The Italian Girl in Algiers,” Music Department’s Voice Area Coordinator Anne Reed said.

Reed is very active in the community with her background as a performer in the Portland Opera, ties with opera’s director Clare Burovac and as an aid to Forest Grove’s Mayor Peter Truax.

The opera’s Director Clare Burovac and Reed are looking forward to sharing with students and the community different forms of performance art like the opera.

Once the audience sees the excerpts of songs from the preview, they’ll have the chance to see the full length opera in Portland during the summer once their season starts.

“It’s a chance for the public and the students here to get to experience opera, especially those who have never experienced opera before,” senior MacKenzie LaMotte said.

LaMotte believes that although there are stigmas surrounding opera singers, it’s a great chance to see acting along with high-level vocal work by the performers on stage.

“We really want to fill the seats so that they would want to come back and do something like this at Pacific again,” LaMotte said.

The show will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and it is free admission to all who attend.

“I believe an integral part of the college experience is to be exposed to new ideas,” Reed said. “If a student has never heard live opera before, this is a great opportunity to hear excellent young singers present moments from each opera, giving the audience some insight into what the different styles of opera are.”

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