“How the music percolates through each individual has to do with preparation and technique,” Shames said. “It has to do with musicianship and hearing at the most basic level. It’s fascinating and why I teach, conduct and study music myself all the time.”
Shames is convinced that the combination of music and drama has been the key to opera’s longevity as a vital world art form.
“It’s riveting and there’s a universality that people identify with,” he said. “Operas are performed for large audiences where individuality is surrendered and they all find a shared experience in the story being told on stage.”
“L’Elisir D’amore” is scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 17-19 and 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center, 560 Parrington Oval.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, military and OU faculty and staff, and $10 for OU student with ID. Purchase tickets from the OU Fine Arts Box Office by calling 405-325-4101, located in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St. Box office hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, and open one hour prior to performance at venue.