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Five opera scenes come alive on Cadenza stage

Soprano Sebnem Mekinulov’s popular Cadenza Opera Workshop performance is Sunday. For the student singers, who will have been rehearsing all week, Cadenza is a great chance to get practice singing in a staged scene, as opposed to in a concert setting. Mekinulov, who has been featured in operas around the world including several here in Western New York, recognized that too many students were lacking in this experience, and designed Cadenza to make up for that.

Cadenza is a journey for the audience as well as for the performers. It offers an opportunity to explore opera scenes in depth, and consider matters of singing and interpretation.

The singers are tackling scenes from five operas. There are two by Mozart, “Don Giovanni” and “Cosi Fan Tutte.” The other three are Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love”; Verdi’s “Falstaff” and Bizet’s “Carmen.” Accompanying the singers on piano will be Ron Martin and Ivan Docenko.

Performances are at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday in Buffalo Seminary (205 Bidwell Parkway). Admission is $10 at the door, and a reception follows the performance.

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