Opera singers from across the country prepare for summer festival in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Performers of all ages are taking part in the second annual Red River Lyric Opera Summer Festival next week.

Opera singers from all over the country will take the stage in what some call a performance of a lifetime.

Ashlee Lamar will be playing Mimi in the production of La Boheme, a role she has waited her entire life to perform.

"We're just kind of refining things and just finding those beautiful moments," said Lamar.

Three different operas will take the stage next week accompanied by an orchestra: Turn of the Screw, El Chino, and La Boheme.

This is Tres Hunter's second year to do the festival. After taking part last year, he decided to pursue music as a major in college. His favorite part is performing.

"At first it's a bit like a roller coaster, you're like 'Oh Lord, why did I do this,'" said Hunter.  "Then it starts and you just love it and it reminds you why you did it all over again."

"It's all I really do over the summer," said Tobie Cable.  "Last year I did opera and it was really fun, so I just decided to do it again."

The idea to bring the festival to Wichita Falls is due to the rich history of theater and vocal music. Darla Diltz is the executive director of the opera and said the performance will not be like what you would hear in a recording.

"To have opera with live orchestra it's not something we can do every day," said Diltz.

Lamar hopes that next week's performance can change the belief that some people have of the opera.

"It's not fat ladies in horns," said Lamar.  "It's like real people who dedicate their lives to telling these stories.  It's really no different than a country singer on the radio telling their story in a song.  We're telling a story too."

The performances will be July 18 through 20 at the Fain Fine Arts Theater at Midwestern State University at 7:30 p.m. and another performance at 2:30 p.m. July 21 and 22.

Tickets are $10 and free to any MSU student, faculty, and military members.

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