Asbury Students Shine in Opera Workshop – Asbury University
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January 19, 2016

Students in dresses with parasols singing on stage
Students in Asbury University’s Music Department performed selections from the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan.

WILMORE, Ky. — Compassionate pirates, scheming officials and a lullaby to bacon set the stage for Opera Workshop, a unique student performance opportunity presented by Asbury University’s Music Department.

Offered every other year, Opera Workshop is a semester-long class culminating in a series of performances. This year’s production was co-directed by Jill Campbell, assistant professor of Music Education and Voice at Asbury, and Gregory Turay, an internationally recognized operatic tenor and adjunct music professor at Asbury.

Drawing its repertoire from the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, Opera Workshop offered engaging entertainment for the audience and an unbeatable experience of mentorship, fellowship and live performance training for students.

Kylie Nabors ’19, a freshman Music major who participated in Opera Workshop, appreciated the opportunity to put the technique she’s learning into practice.

“Sometimes we focus so much on technique that we don’t realize people want to be entertained and see a good performance,” Nabors said. “A lot of people who took Opera Workshop were Music majors, and it helped them learn to connect with the music personally and get the audience to connect with, as well.

Additionally, Nabers enjoyed working with Campbell and Turay, both of whom offered valuable perspectives on performance.

“Between them, they have an incredible amount of expertise and experience, and they complement each other so well,” Nabers said. “They made it fun, and I learned a ton along the way.”

To learn more about Asbury University’s Music Department, visit: asbury.edu/music