Performers prep for annual opera

Red river lyric opera

WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Performers from all over the country are coming to Wichita Falls to perform in the Red River Lyric Opera.

This is the 3rd year for the opera and those performing say, there is something special about performing at Midwestern State University.

"I love to basically help tell a story," said Myka Murphy, who is getting her master's degree at Julliard in New York City.  "It is fun to interact with my fellow colleagues on the stage."

Murphy has performed in several Red River Lyric Operas.

This year she is playing the role of "Principessa" in "Suor Angelica."

Murphy said it is the experience she learns here that brings her back.

"It provides a safe environment to develop big voices and small voices all together and to work on basically working on a better craft for ourselves," said Murphy.

Rehearsals are in full swing.

"We are 24/7 right now," said Darla Diltz, General Director of the Red River Opera.

The former Wichita Falls resident now teaches in New York City.

She wanted to bring something special to the place she got her start.

"There is a rich history of local trading here and music in general at Midwestern," said Diltz.

Red River Lyric Opera is just one of the performances done across the United States.

She said doing programs like these adds a notch to  a performers belt.

"It gives young singers and an environment to grow and learn," said Diltz.  "They go out and in the real world they are prepared and their resume is solid."

Performers come all over from New York, Boston, and Wichita Falls all to improve their craft and network.

"People remember what you did in the young artist program 20 years ago," said Diltz.  "They remember how you sang in the chorus or how prepared you were.  Other programs like Santa Fe and Des Moines Metro Opera, I get calls from these people asking for recommendations from singers that have been here."

There will be several different operas performed by the Red River Lyric Opera.

The days and times can be found here.

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