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November 20, 2012


University of Montana School of Music student opera singers are having an exciting year. Aside from three students moving to regional final auditions for the Metropolitan Opera, two scenes from the upcoming production of “Dizzying Dilemmas at the Opera” are finalists in the National Opera Association Collegiate Scenes Competition.

“Dizzying Dilemmas at the Opera” will show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27-28, in the Music Recital Hall at UM. School of Music students will perform scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Eugene Onegin,” “Die Fledermaus,” “Hansel & Gretel,” “La Rondine” and “The Magic Flute.” Costumes, sets and lighting were designed by students from the UM School of Theatre & Dance.

Tickets cost $11 for general admission, $6 for seniors and $5 for students. They are available for purchase online at or by calling the UMArts Box Office at 406-243-4581.

The show offers the Missoula community a chance to hear UM’s young singers before they travel in January to the NOA convention in Portland, Ore., where students Jenna Preston and Thain Bertin will perform a scene from “Eugene Onegin” and John Knispel and Arielle Nachtigal will perform a scene from “Die Fiedermaus.” Also in January, Nachtigal, Knispel and Neila Getz will travel to Seattle to compete in the Northwest Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

“The UM School of Music has spectacular singers. They are having a banner year,” said UM Opera Theater Director Anne Basinski. “Those who have competed and their fellow students have learned amazing things about setting goals, teamwork and continually striving to improve. We could not be prouder of them.”

For more information call Basinski at 406-243-5192 or email





Contact: Anne Basinski, director, UM School of Music Opera Theater, 406-243-5192, .