Contact: Diane Greenberg or Mona S. Rowe
Mailed 11/19/97



Upton, NY -- The Stony Brook Opera Ensemble will perform "An Evening of Opera Scenes" at Brookhaven National Laboratory's Berkner Hall on Thursday, December 11, at 8 p.m. The concert is open to the public, and admission is charged.

The concert will feature promising graduate music students from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. The production will be staged by Richard Cross, who sang with the New York City Opera from 1959 to 1992, and is currently on the faculties of SUNY Stony Brook and the Juilliard School of Music. The opera singers will be accompanied by graduate students in piano, under the direction of David Lawton, professor of music and chair of the music department at SUNY Stony Brook.

The program includes scenes from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Cosi fan Tutte, Donizetti's Lucia de Lammermoor and an abridged version of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance. They cost $6 for adults, $3 for children 18 and under, and they are free for SUNY Stony Brook students. Seats are not reserved, so it is best to arrive early.

For more information, including possible cancellation due to inclement weather, call (516) 344-3550 for a recorded message, beginning on November 27. To speak to someone in person, call Brookhaven Lab's Public Affairs Office at (516) 344-2345, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-an-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.