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The Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute, held in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the campus of Black Hills State University, will have five performances starting Friday, June 10 through Saturday, June 25. Performances on this year’s schedule include: Young Performers Competition, Gala Concert: A Celebration of the Arts, Aria Recital Evening, An Evening of Opera Scenes; and A Night at the Opera. All performances are directed by world-renowned opera professionals and feature pre-professional music students from across the country.
 
The Young Performers Competition will kick off the summer opera events Friday, June 10 at 7 p.m. The competition will highlight the talent of young men and women in our communities. The event will include two age categories; ages 9-14 and ages 15-20. Contestants will compete for cash prizes. Tickets at the door are $5.

Gala Celebration of the Arts performance will be Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. The Gala Celebration will include an entertaining array of short musical, dance, and theater performances. A reception will be held after the performance. Ticket price is $10 for the general public, $8 for children under 12, students, and seniors over 65. Gala dress is appreciated.

Aria Recital Evening will be held Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Students of the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute will present a selection of vocal pieces. This performance is free and open to the public. Scholarship donations are welcomed.

An Evening of Opera Scenes will be held Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall. This recital will present a selection of opera scenes and arias that will enchant the audience. A pre-performance lecture will start at 7 p.m. in Meier Hall. Ticket price is $15 for the general public, $8 children under 12, students, and seniors over 65.

A Night at the Opera performance will be held Saturday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket price is $15 for the general public, $8 for children under 12, students, and seniors over 65. There is a catered pre-performance dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Meier Hall for those who would like to have an elegant meal prior to the performance. The cost for the dinner and opera is $25 for adults and $20 for children under 12. Reservations must be made one day prior to the event. A pre-performance lecture will start at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Hall. There is a free reception with the artists, which is open to everyone who attended the performance.

The Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute offers professional-level instruction to students who are working toward a career in music performance. Young vocalists from all over the country are guided by instructors of national and international recognition. Aspiring opera singers are offered many unique learning opportunities that include: workshops, lectures, master classes, and performances. The goal of the program is to show that talent can come from anywhere, not just a big city or Europe. Early recognition and encouragement of talent is important for every young performer.

The Opera Theater Institute was the brainchild of Johanna Meier, who grew up in Spearfish and went on to become one of the premier Wagnerian sopranos of her era. Since her retirement from the international opera stage, it has been her dream to foster local talents and help prepare young vocalists for a rewarding career in opera. BHSU provides a wide array of unique and satisfying experiences for music students and music lovers of all ages throughout the regular school year, as well as the summer.

Application deadline for the Young Performer’s Competition is June 1. For more information and application forms, contact Shelby Cihak at Shelby.Cihak@BHSU.edu or call 642-6133 Monday through Friday between 8a.m. and 4p.m. For more information visit www.BHSU.edu/Opera.