UNL opera student Trey Meyer

UNL opera student Trey Meyer is featured in the “Song of the Pirate King” from “Pirates of Penzance” at the Friends of Opera Gala.

PHOTO BY DOUG SMITH

“Opera Royalty: Kings, Queens, & Tyrants” was the theme of the Oct. 23 Friends of Opera (FOO) annual Gala. With attendance at 120, including student performers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Opera, the evening was memorable in every way.

Staged at the Nebraska Club with its mesmerizing views of the city, the venue included a live auction, numerous drawings for wine and wonderful performances by UNL opera students.

The event raised over $20,000, which will be used to enhance the UNL opera program, support development of young talent through scholarships and foster appreciation and attendance at opera productions.

FOO provides:

• Financial support for the “Amahl and the Night Visitors” project, which gives fifth-graders in Lincoln’s Title I schools the opportunity to attend an opera.

• Three annual scholarships to talented incoming freshman students considering enrollment in UNL’s opera program.

• Subsidies for guest artists, conductors, composers and vocal coaches at UNL.

• A scholarship to the National Council Metropolitan Opera Nebraska District auditions.

• Contributions to UNL opera department's annual budget.

Since Friends of Opera has been a part of UNL’s opera program, five productions have won national and international awards.

For more information or to join FOO, visit friendsofopera.org or follow on Facebook.

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