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Kent State University Opera Presents the Spring Program, “I Feel an Aria Coming On…”

Posted Feb. 24, 2014

Kent, Ohio – The Kent State University Opera will present “I Feel an Aria Coming On…” on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., in Ludwig Recital Hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent State University Kent campus.  For tickets call the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-2787 or online at

Highlights of the performance include the special appearance of WKSU’s classical music program host, Mark Pennell. Pennell will serve as the evening’s host as he introduces each of the arias.  Pennell, a music lover and advocate for the arts, said, “I love the arts, and want very much for people to know how accessible it can all be.” It will be the first time Pennell and the Kent State Opera Program participate in this one-of-a-kind collaboration. 

Audience members will be treated to arias from Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Pagliacci, La Traviata and The Ballad of Baby Doe, to name a few. “The idea behind this concert is that the performers will be singing arias that inspired them to become singers,” said co-director of the opera program, Marla Berg.

Charles Latshaw, Director of the KSU Orchestra will be conducting performers and vocal faculty members Jay White, Lara Troyer, Melissa Davis, Tim Culver and Marla Berg. Xingye Cai, a piano student in the masters of music performance, along with Raquel Teare and Donna Oberlin will serve as piano accompanists for the evening. “The performers include the voice faculty of the Kent State School of Music, recent graduates, guests and the current students of the opera program,” Berg said.  “There will be soaring moments of exhilarating singing and surprising elements of complete fun.”

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State University faculty and staff, $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons, $8 for non Kent State students, $5 for children and free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students.

Tickets are available weekdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent campus of Kent State University. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

The Ludwig Recital Hall box office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk up sales, and will accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting