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Two upcoming performances at Black Hills State University will conclude this year’s Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute.

An Evening of Opera Scenes will be held Friday, June 24 and A Night at the Opera will be held Saturday, June 25. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the campus of BHSU.

An Evening of Opera Scenes will present a selection of vocal pieces. A pre-performance lecture will start at 7 p.m. Ticket price is $15 for the general public, $8 children under 12, students, and seniors over 65, and can be purchased at the door.

A Night at the Opera performance will include excerpts from a variety of operas, sung in English, and will be catered and staged. Ticket price is $15 for the general public, $8 for children under 12, students, and seniors over 65. A catered pre-performance dinner is available at 5:30 p.m. in Meier Hall for interested persons. The cost for the dinner and opera is $25 for adults and $20 for children under 12. The dinner reservation deadline is Friday, June 21 and can be made by calling 642-6420 or by contacting Cami.Dohman@BHSU.edu. A pre-performance lecture will start at 7 p.m. Those attending the performance are invited to a free reception with the artists.

The 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.

The Opera Institute is one of many unique experiences for music students and music lovers of all ages throughout the regular school year, as well as the summer.

To learn more about the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute visit www.BHSU.edu/Opera.