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Music faculty, students shine in Operafestival di Roma

August 6, 2010

Faculty and students at Operafestival di Roma.

A delegation of four faculty members and more than 20 students from Chapman University’s College of Performing Arts participated in Operafestival di Roma during July. Peter Atherton, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Music Conservatory at Chapman, was artistic director of the festival and director of the main stage production Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Jr.  Students from the Conservatory of Music, Drama and Dance were an integral part of the production.

Operafestival holds a series of auditions all over the country and in Europe each year in a very competitive process for the principal roles.  This year was Dr. Atherton’s ninth consecutive season, and his second season directing the main stage production — his first as artistic director. This summer was the festival’s 16th season in the historic courtyard of S. Ivo alla Sapienza.

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