WIN FREE AIDA TICKETS

WIN FREE TICKETS TO VERDI'S AIDA

WLBT is giving away 5 pairs of tickets to Mississippi Opera's 2003 winter production, Aida.  Want to win?  You've got to enter first!  Click here to enter and be sure you include your name, address and most importantly your phone number.  We've got alot of ticket giveaways on the web so be sure to tell us that you're entering the Aida ticket giveaway.

Then watch WLBT because we'll announce a winner Thurs., Feb. 20, 2003 on the WLBT 6:30am Report. Time is limited and your entry must be received before 4 am Feb 20, 2003, so enter today! Your pair of tickets is worth $60!

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MISSISSIPPI OPERA TO PRESENT A MUSICAL FEAST

Concert Staging of Aida

Set for Feb. 21 Mississippi Opera's 2003 winter production will thrill lovers of choral music as well as opera buffs.

Verdi's Aida will be presented in a concert staging on Friday, February 21, at 7:30 at Thalia Mara Hall in Jackson.

The production will showcase the combined talents of five local college and community choruses—more than 150 voices strong. The principal roles will be sung by Sherry Zannoth, soprano, as Aida, Shazy King, soprano, as Amneris and tenor Michael Hayes as Radames. Thom King, baritone, sings the role of Amonasro, and Bruce Baumen, bass, is Ramfis. This will be the first Mississippi Opera appearance for each.

Also singing key roles are local favorites Lee Ann Powell in the role of the High Priestess and J. D. Longmire as the Messenger. A highlight of the evening will be the massed voices of the Mississippi College Concert Choir, Hinds Community College Concert Choir, The Capital Chamber Choir, Jackson Choral Society, and the Mississippi Opera Chorus. Mississippi Opera artistic director Garold Whisler will conduct the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and the combined choruses. Members of Ballet Mississippi will perform in dance sequences.

Aida features some of Verdi's most glorious music. Premiered in Cairo in 1871, it's a tale of love and treachery set in the exotic land of the pyramids. In this classic love triangle, pharaoh's daughter loves the captain of the guards, but he is secretly in love with the princess's slave, Aida.

The opera will be sung in Italian, and English super titles will be projected to enhance audience enjoyment. "This is one of the world's great operas," Whisler said. "We've wanted to present it here in Jackson for a number of years. It's a perfect choice as the third in our series of semi-staged or concert performances. "I'm especially pleased that we are able to bring together so much musical and performing talent to interpret Verdi's magnificent music.

It promises to be an evening to remember," he said. "And we've scheduled another unforgettable production of an entirely different sort for April," Whisler added. Mississippi Opera's final production of the season will be a complete departure from its usual programming.

On April 3, 4 and 5, the company will present Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde, a grand retelling of the biblical saga of Noah and the flood. Performances will be staged at Jackson's Northminster Baptist Church. "This production is sure to be a hit with families. It features a host of children cast in the roles of the animals on the Ark," Whisler said. Tickets to Noye's Fludde can be ordered now, along with tickets to Aida. They will also be available at the time of the production.

Mississippi Opera is a non-profit organization that produces professional performances of grand opera, promotes the understanding and appreciation of opera through education and expansion of audiences, and implements programs to identify and develop regional operatic talent. MOA has been in the business of promoting the operatic arts in Mississippi for 58 years.

For tickets or other information, call 601-960-1528, or toll-free, 1-877-MSOPERA (676-7372), or visit Mississippi Opera's Web site at www.msopera.org.