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Feb. 21, 2006

Opera Studies Lecture Series Starts March 6 With 'The Crucible'

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Group will discuss American opera in its spring 2006 lecture series. The first lecture, "The Crucible: Then and Now - RIGHT Now!" presented by Gary Race, UI opera director and associate professor of music in the UI School of Music, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, in Harper Hall, Voxman Music Building, 300 N. Riverside Drive.

Race's lecture ties in with the UI Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater's production of "The Crucible," which takes place April 28 and 30 in Hancher Auditorium. Race will present excerpts from the opera, featuring members of the cast. His remarks will cover both production concepts and the issues raised by the story of the opera and the Arthur Miller play.

As an educator, Race has presented workshops on performance techniques for opera singers in many colleges and universities. He has created and directed arts education programs for numerous opera companies, Gateway to the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh and the National Symphony Orchestra, where he continues to serve as an education consultant. His programs have won several awards, including a national "A+" award from the National Education Association. He has written four opera translations that have been performed by companies. He has also created several music theater works for performance by young people.

The School of Music and the Martha-Ellen Tye Opera Theater are part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Race's lecture is the first in a series of three lectures that will be held this spring. For more information on the series or special accommodations to attend any of the lectures, contact Katherine Eberle at 319-335-1675.

The University of Iowa Opera Studies Group, affiliated with UI International Programs, was established in 1999 as a forum to foster the study of opera and related genres from interdisciplinary perspectives. The group's purpose is to bring together scholars who have a special expertise or interest in opera to share their views on various issues associated with research and performance of operatic works. For more information, visit:

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Katherine Eberle, 319-335-1675; Writer: Kelli Andresen