Troy University's Opera Workshop presents "The Flourishing Arts" Nov. 17-18

Posted: Monday, 10 October 2011

TROY—Troy University's Opera Workshop will present a student-starred production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "The Flourishing Arts" in an Alabama premier.

"Marc-Antoine Charpentier's 'Les Arts Florrisants' (The Flourishing Arts) is an obscure little gem from the French Baroque," said Dr. Michael Hix, coordinator of vocal/choral studies. "It has been performed only a handful of times in the United States."

Its Alabama debut will be Nov. 17-18 in the Claudia Crosby Theater of Troy University's campus. Performances will begin at 7 p.m., and admission is free and open to the public.

"Music students from the John M. Long School of Music are performing all of the leading roles and chorus in our production," Hix said. "We are very fortunate to collaborate with Atlanta's Brooks and Company Dance on this production."

The opera, composed in 1685, is an allegory in which the "arts" sing about their flourishing during the reign of Louis XIV in France.

The following students will perform roles in the production: John Baumer as "Discord," of Alta, Fla.; Rebecca Boggs as "Architecture," of Cottondale, Fla.; Noel Davis as "Music," of Eufaula; Meagan King as "Poetry," of Ariton; Clay Paramore as "The Warrior," of Ozark; Chris Petre as "Painting," of Valdosta, Ga.; Tyler Ray as "The Warrior," of Greenville; Connor Murphy-White as "Peace," of Greenville.

The following students have roles in the chorus: Travis Adams, of Geneva; Audra Goss, of Greenville; Beth Hyatt, of Greenville; Hannah Moore, of Niceville, Fla.; John Rodgers II, of Phenix City; Lauren Turner, of Dothan; Stephanie Washburn, of Alexander City; and Haleigh Weaver, of Gwinnett, Ga.

This production is made possible through grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Troy Arts Council.