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Kent State University Opera Presents the Spring Program, “I Feel an Aria Coming On…”

Posted Mar. 3, 2014

Kent State voice faculty, alumni and students perform some of opera’s most inspiring arias

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Assistant Professor of Music Marla Berg is co-director
of the opera program at Kent State.

The Kent State University Opera will present “I Feel an Aria Coming On…” on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m., in Ludwig Recital Hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. For tickets, call the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-2787 or go online at

Highlights of the performance include the special appearance of Mark Pennell, WKSU’s classical music program host. Pennell will serve as the evening’s host as he introduces each of the arias. Pennell, a music lover and advocate for the arts, says, “I love the arts, and want very much for people to know how accessible it can all be.”

It will be the first time Pennell and the Kent State Opera program participate in this one-of-a-kind collaboration.

Audience members will be treated to arias from Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Pagliacci, La Traviata and The Ballad of Baby Doe, to name a few.

“The idea behind this concert is that the performers will be singing arias that inspired them to become singers,” says Marla Berg, co-director of the opera program.

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Associate Professor of Music Tim
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University Opera's program on March 8.

Charles Latshaw, director of the Kent State Orchestra, will conduct performers and vocal faculty members Jay White, Lara Troyer, Melissa Davis, Tim Culver and Berg. Xingye Cai, a piano student in the Master of Music Performance, along with Raquel Teare and Donna Oberlin, will serve as piano accompanists for the evening.

“The performers include the voice faculty of the Kent State School of Music, recent graduates, guests and the current students of the opera program,” Berg says. “There will be soaring moments of exhilarating singing and surprising elements of complete fun.”

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, $8 for non-Kent State students, $5 for children and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students.

Tickets are available weekdays noon to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

The Ludwig Recital Hall box office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk-up sales, and will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or by visiting