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'Freudian Clips' concert at Averitt Center Friday

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Posted: October 10, 2007 11:08 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2007 7:28 a.m.
    This Friday night, Georgia Southern Opera will be breaking out the psychoanalysis during their annual fall scene's program entitled "Freudian Clips." The script centers around the hypothetical, but often comedic analysis of Don Giovanni by Dr. Sigmund Freud and ties together scenes from five different operas. The concert will be held at the Averitt Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. and is free for GSU students. General admission tickets are $5.
    For those who are not familiar, Don Giovanni is the title character from a Mozart opera, taken from the legend of Don Juan, who is notorious for his womanizing. Though there are many operas written about Don Juan, Mozart's version is considered to be beyond comparison.
    Dr. Arikka Gregory, Director of Opera and Assistant Professor of Voice, was asked about how she came up with the idea for the script, which was co-written by Statesboro Herald reporter, Phil Boyum.
    "I wanted to find some way to have a scenes program, but have it cohesive enough so an audience can appreciate a flow of drama, as opposed to a mix-mash of scenes that don't have any through thought or plot," said Gregory. "So I thought that coming up with a comedic script would entertain between scenes and would cover the various set and costume changes."
    "Actually, I dreamt it up one night when I had insomnia. It was an insomnia vision," she said.
    Gregory said a scenes program is a way to help beginning opera students get stage time and expose them to a lot of new literature.
    "Mozart is just good for young singer voices," she said. "It's very often done, so is appropriate for future work prospects or for their use as future educators."
    Dr. Kyle Hancock, Associate Professor of Voice at GSU and musical director of the program, said the audience should expect a great show.
    "Mozart and Verdi are the great composers of opera - they're famous for a reason," said Hancock. "I think the audience will find these pieces very entertaining and musically satisfying. The quality of singing is pretty high and we're ready to go."
    Hancock said a scenes program is something a typical opera does because it gives students the opportunity to sing parts of a major role, when the entire role may be just beyond their capabilities at this point in their career. It allows them a chance to get a taste for roles that they may perform in the future.    
    "We view ourselves as a training ground for potential professional singers and since we're training them for bigger things, you start small and work your way up."
    The program covers scenes from three of Mozart's opears — "Don Giovanni," Cosi fan Tutte," and "Le Nozze di Figaro" — as well as Massenet's opera "Manon" and Verdi's "Falstaff."
    The program will be at the Averitt Center for the Arts, Friday Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the community and general public, but the event is free for students.

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