Date: April 14, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons,

LUBBOCK – Texas Tech University will host a series of concerts by a group of apprentices with the Santa Fe Opera this month.

The first community concert, hosted by the College of Visual and Performing Arts and KOHM-FM, is set for the Maedgen Theater on the Texas Tech campus at 7 p.m. Sunday (April 24). A reception in the School of Art's Landmark Gallery, hosted by William D. Armstrong, will follow the performance.

The performers will include soprano Ariana Wyatt, baritone Sean Anderson and tenor Gregory Warren, a Texas Tech graduate.

Warren, who will be a second-year apprentice this summer, holds a master's degree from Texas Tech. His credits include performances with the opera companies of El Paso, West Palm Beach and Shreveport as well as with the Lubbock Symphony and the Texas Tech University Orchestra.

Wyatt has performed with the University of Southern California Opera Department, the Aspen Music Festival and the Palm Springs Opera Association.

Anderson recently sang his first performances with the New Jersey State Opera. He also performed the title role in the Italian premiere of Dominick Argento's "Casanova" and Marcello in the 2004 Los Angeles performances of Baz Luhrman's "La Boheme."

The singers will perform selections from "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Elixer of Love," "Turandot," "La Boheme," "Die Fledermaus," "Our Town," "Man of La Mancha" and "Street Scene."

The concerts are part of the annual Spring Opera Tour, in which members of the Santa Fe Opera's Apprentice Program travel to communities throughout Texas and New Mexico.

Richard Gaddes, general director of the Santa Fe Opera, said the tour is something that singers look forward to every year.

"Our apprentice singers are the Santa Fe Opera's best musical ambassadors," said Gaddes. "They are young, energetic and enormously talented, and they love traveling throughout the Southwest and making new friends for opera. Because we know that not everyone can come to Santa Fe, we feel that this annual tour is one of our most important outreach projects."

Several performances for junior high and elementary school students will be held at Cavazos Junior High on April 25 and 26.

The performance at the Maedgen Theater is free, but reservations are required. To RSVP, please call (806) 742-0706, ext. 401.


CONTACT: Cathy Jung, marketing and public relations director, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0700, ext. 227, or e-mail