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Students to perform immersive-style opera Nov. 10

November 06, 2013

The boundary between audience and performers will vanish during an immersive theatre-style opera production at Carthage on Sunday, Nov. 10.

The show, “Mozart is Dead,” is the culmination of a fall semester Opera Workshop course led by Prof. Gregory Berg. Free to attend and open to the public, it is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the H. F. Johnson Center for the Fine Arts.

Rather than perform on stage, students will be interspersed throughout the hall. A unique seating layout will allow the performers to surround the audience.

“It’s a non-conventional way to do what we often do in a conventional way,” said Prof. Berg, who teaches music courses and assists with Carthage’s opera program. “We’re aiming for it to be emotionally rich.”

The production is set in 1792, the year after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died. Students will portray historic figures who performed the legendary composer’s music. It will feature excerpts from some of Mozart’s most popular operas and will draw from historical letters and accounts.