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From left to right: Olivia Johnson playing Maurya, Ashton Humphrey as Bartley, Kimberly Watson as Cathleen and Carolina Vaughan playing Nora in the East Carolina University Opera Theater presentation of Riders to the Sea. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

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From left to right: Olivia Johnson playing Maurya, Ashton Humphrey as Bartley, Kimberly Watson as Cathleen and Carolina Vaughan playing Nora in the East Carolina University Opera Theater presentation of Riders to the Sea. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

ECU opera easier on the ears

By NATALIE SAYEWICH

The Daily Reflector

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The East Carolina University Opera Theater program is backing away from the somewhat abrasive types of programs they embraced in the 2012-2013 school year to perform a program that is a little easier on the ears.

After exploring darker territory with two contemporary operas last year, John Kramar looked to the early 20th century to find the pieces for the fall program, “Tales of Love and Loss from the British Isles,” which will be performed Saturday and Sunday.


“Last year we did ‘Lizzie Borden,’ which is very gritty and kind of harsh music and then we did a world premiere in the spring called ‘Insectophobia,’” Kramar said. “That, again, was very thorny.”

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