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October 11, 2013

Opera company hosts comical autumn performances

NORMAN — More treat than trick, Cimarron Opera’s “Opera in Autumn” series is sure to narrate more than just your average fairytale. Think the princess is locked in a tower destined to spin straw? Think again.

Cimarron Opera Executive Director Shari Ransley said this seasons’ performances of both operettas and the full-length version of “Tales From the Brothers Grimm” by Dr. Glenn Wingers of the Virginia Opera take on a more comical approach than the traditional stories.

“We like our Halloween operas not to be too scary,” Ransley said. “Cimarron presents opera in a very fun way. Last years’ kids loved it, they laughed a lot and were really engaged, plus it makes the parents laugh, too.”

“Opera in Autumn” promises free family fun with several performances of operettas Oct. 25 at the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave. “Dr. Know-It-All” starts at 6:30 p.m., “Rumplestiltskin” at 7:15 p.m. and “Cat and Mouse” at 8 p.m. The performances coincide with the first Downtown Norman Fall Fest.

The entire work will be performed Oct. 27 at the Norman Depot. Sunday’s event will include a craft project, trick-or-treating with performers, snacks and the performance. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door or online at cimarronopera.org.

Ransley said Cimarron is neither the stereotypical non-coherent production or “three hours in German” most think about when hearing the term “opera.” Rather, Cimarron Opera exists for aspiring artists.

“Opera should never be intimidating,” Ransley said. “It is great to see what a beautiful well trained voice can do.”

The company, which has been going strong for 37 years, brings audiences aspiring artists who are training or have been professionally trained in opera. Some performers include university students and a professionally trained singer who used to sing with Brooklyn opera.

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