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Friday, June 18, 2010

Weekend To-Do: Opera in the Ozarks

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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OPERA IN THE OZARKS
7:15 p.m., Inspiration Point, near Eureka Springs. $20-$25.

Now going into its 60th (!) season, Opera in the Ozarks is back again to fill the hills and cobblestones of Eureka Springs with soaring, gymnastic vocals from up-and-coming singers from around the country. Described as an "opera boot camp," the performers undergo six weeks of intensive rehearsal before performing three operas over the course of a month. This year, the nationally renowned program presents three familiar pieces in Bizet's "Carmen," the staple that legitimized comic operas; Mozart's "Don Giovanni," long considered one of the greatest pieces of music ever, period, and Puccini's "Tosca," a musical account of Napoleon's invasion of Italy and the sociopolitical changes that followed. It's a great opportunity to get off the beaten path and visit one of Arkansas's most proudly quirked-out towns. The series runs through June 16, with an anniversary gala at the historic Eureka Springs Auditorium on June 17.

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