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LSU School of Music Student, Alumni to Take Part in Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Opera Project

01/18/2012 02:49 PM

BATON ROUGE – On Jan. 20 and 21, a current LSU School of Music student and two recent alumni will take part in the Atlanta Opera’s second annual 24-Hour Opera Project, an event which the organization describes as “Verdi meets reality TV.”


The 24-Hour Opera Project, which takes place in Atlanta, involves the creation of five teams of participants, with each group given 24 hours to create and perform a 10-minute opera. Composers and lyricists selected to participate will be randomly paired together, and will have 12 hours to write an opera scene. At the end of 12 hours, the pieces will be assigned to a stage director, who will draft singers from a pool of applicants, and have eight hours to rehearse before presenting the pieces in a showcase-concert 24 hours after the project begins.


LSU School of Music students and alumni participating are 2011 doctoral graduate Kori Jennings of Pittsburgh, Penn., and current vocal performance master’s student Ariana Wehr of Baton Rouge as singers, as well as 2010 vocal performance graduate Frances Rabalais of New Orleans as a stage director.  


The Atlanta Opera will broadcast a live webcast of the showcase event beginning at 6 p.m. CST on Saturday, Jan. 21, so that a larger audience can view and participate. The public can also vote for the “Audience Favorite” through the Atlanta Opera’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. The webcast can be viewed online at


The Atlanta Opera 24-Hour Opera Project is made possible by support from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. and Turner Voices.


For more information on the project, contact Ellen Sturgill – a 2011 LSU School of Music vocal performance bachelor’s graduate – with the Atlanta Opera’s marketing and communications department at 404-881-8883, email or, or visit

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