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FAU Presents a Gala Opera Benefit

            BOCA RATON, FL (March 14, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of music in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents “Duke Bluebeard’s Castle,” a one act opera by Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, sung in Hungarian. The concert will take place on Sunday, March 20, at 3 p.m. in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The concert is free with a $10 donation suggested.

The concert, performed by Dean Peterson, bass, and Birgit Fioravante, soprano, with Krisztina Kover, piano, is a powerful opera that delves into the mystery of the relationship between a man and a woman.  It is as timely and riveting today as it was when it debuted one hundred years ago.

Judith, a beautiful, young peasant girl, has been seduced by Bluebeard on the eve of her wedding to another man.  She abandons her fiancé and follows the charismatic Bluebeard to his ominous castle where she tries to uncover what mysteries lie behind seven locked doors.  He begs her to love him without question, but she insists that he must divulge his secrets.   Judith is horrified as her discoveries reveal the true nature of the man she has sacrificed everything for.  The performance will be preceded by a video presentation featuring the three performers. In the video, the performers will share with the audience their individual and collective thoughts about and interpretations of this dramatic and intense work.

Although world-renowned as operatic and concert performers, generally commanding large fees on opera stages across the globe, both Peterson and Fioravante are currently pursuing Master of Arts degrees in music at FAU. This performance is their graduation project. The proceeds from the donations given at the door will go towards developing future opera performance projects at FAU.

            For more information, call 561-297-3820.

- FAU -

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University , established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges : the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science . FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit .

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