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Jan. 4, 2012/For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – The Associates and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will offer a free behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming production of The Merry Wives of Windsor at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Watson Hall on the UNCSA campus, 1533 S. Main St.

Musical Director James Allbritten and Stage Director Steven LaCosse take on Sir John Falstaff and the original “Housewives of Windsor” in the opera, which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and Tuesday, Feb. 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, at the school’s Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St., downtown Winston-Salem.

Joining the musicians at the behind-the-scenes event on Jan. 17 will be School of Design and Production student designers of scenery (James Burns), lighting (Ken Wills), costumes (Heather Jessup), and wigs and makeup (Alexandra Marsh). They will present a slide show of the production from concept to design. The event will also include a performance.

James Allbritten
James Allbritten


The opera, sung in English, is based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name, with music by Otto von Nicolai and libretto by Herman Soloman Mosenthal. Tickets for the February performances are $15 for adults and $13 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased online at www.uncsa.edu/performances, or by phone at 336-721-1945.

Behind-the-scenes events are coordinated by The Associates, UNCSA’s volunteer organization. For more information about The Associates, visit www.uncsa.edu/development/volunteeropportunities.htm.

A vehicle for advancing the career potential of UNCSA’s exceptional young singers, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute offers performance-based training at the graduate and post-graduate levels to several Institute Fellows each year. For more information about the Fletcher Institute, visit www.fletcheropera.com.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.