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Contact: Joelle Park
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
April 18, 2002

Carnegie Mellon's School of Music In Final Production with Opera Theater, April 26 and 28

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music and The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's three-year agreement for cooperative productions completes its term with the April 26 and 28 performances of Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle" at the Hunt Armory in Shadyside. With stage direction by Jonathan Eaton and musical direction by Juan Pablo Izquierdo and the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, the production will star renowned baritone Herbert Perry and locally based mezzo-soprano Margaret Thompson.

Alan Fletcher, Head of the School of Music, praised Opera Theater for its "important history of support for education, outreach, exciting repertory, and training for young singers. Opera Theater of Pittsburgh has made essential contributions to the opera culture not only of Pittsburgh, but of America." Carnegie Mellon's School of Music has a nationally celebrated undergraduate opera program, with musical direction from Robert Page and a voice faculty led by Mimi Lerner. Its alumni win places in leading opera programs around the world, as well as on the Broadway stage. Next year's fully staged productions will include Marvin Hamlisch's "Smile," in the Kresge Theatre, and Strauss's "Die Fledermaus" at the Philip Chosky Theatre, both on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

The School of Music provides a rigorous conservatory education at one of the world's leading research universities. The curriculum is designed to fully prepare the dedicated student for their career by balancing the classical with the contemporary and blending traditional instruments with modern technologies. Students benefit from an environment enriched by professional performances, one-on-one training with master teachers and diverse opportunities to develop public performance skills in carefully coached chamber music groups, respected ensembles, orchestra, opera and musical theater productions.

A fine art conservatory housed in a university dedicated to inquiry in the arts and sciences, Carnegie Mellon School of Music has a contemporary approach to the learning and practice of the discipline. "The School of Music proudly advances Carnegie Mellon University's mission in the creation of new knowledge and innovation. Our approach to the great musical monuments of the past is not to enshrine them in a museum, but to make them new as well-new in the freshness and vitality of the best music making of our own time," said Fletcher.

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