Selections from operas by Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, others accompanied by UMass Symphony

AMHERST (Mass.) – The UMass Opera program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance is pleased to present their annual performance on Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. Love and Lust: Lost and Found will feature arias, duets, and ensembles by some of opera’s greatest composers, presented by the top UMass voice students along with the UMass Symphony Orchestra led by Morihiko Nakahara.  

               Voice professor and co-producer William Hite describes this year’s program as “a Valentine’s Day tribute exploring the ‘up and downs’ of operatic love.” The concert will explore Cupid’s handiwork in some of opera’s most beloved works, including Puccini’s La Bohème, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Falstaff, along with Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice, Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and others.

Joining Hite in organizing this year’s event are voice professors Jamie Rose-Guarrine (co-producer) and Marjorie Melnick (music preparation). Nathan Troup of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee returns as stage director, with set and lighting design by Matthew Cowan of Down Right Productions. 

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for seniors; students and children 17 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 413-545-2511, or online at

Free and secure parking is available in the nearby Campus Center Garage, located on Campus Center Way. Visit the Fine Arts Center website for more information or refer to the UMass interactive parking map.

About the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance

Founded in 1938, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance is one of the largest and most respected of its kind in New England, offering students conservatory-quality training in the diverse and dynamic setting of a public research university. For more information, please visit

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