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UT Opera Ensemble to give Cabaret Concert

The University of Toledo Department of Music and the UT Opera Ensemble will present a Cabaret Concert to close out the season Saturday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Rehearsing a scene from “The Old Maid and The Thief” were, from left, UT Opera Ensemble members Devon Desmond (baritone), Nnenne Edeh (mezzo-soprano) and Sonjia Fry (soprano).

Rehearsing a scene from “The Old Maid and The Thief” were, from left, UT Opera Ensemble members Devon Desmond (baritone), Nnenne Edeh (mezzo-soprano) and Sonjia Fry (soprano).

The concert will feature a variety of bawdy and rollicking show tunes, as well as a few opera favorites, according to Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini, UT assistant professor of music and director of the UT Opera Ensemble.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or online at utoledo.tix.com.

Two members of the UT Opera Ensemble recently were recognized for their talents.

Devon Desmond (baritone) was recently awarded the top prize in the Barbara Rondelli Perry Scholarship Competition for superior achievement in vocal performance.

Nnenne Edeh (mezzo-soprano) was the first-place winner of the local 2015 Vocal Arts Competition for Emerging Artists and will represent the area in the regional finals in Detroit in the summer. Contestants had to perform an opera aria, foreign-language art song, an art song in English, a selection from oratorio, and a spiritual or piece by an African-American composer.

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