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Brenton O'Hara playing Andrew Borden and Cera Finney as Lizzie Borden in the upcoming ECU Opera
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Brenton O'Hara playing Andrew Borden and Cera Finney as Lizzie Borden in the upcoming ECU Opera "Lizzie Borden" at the Fletcher Music Center on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Opera brings life to legendary story of ax murders

By NATALIE SAYEWICH

The Daily Reflector

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More than a century after the trial of Lizzie Borden, the spirit of the woman accused of murdering her father and stepmother lives on, tormenting a select few East Carolina University students as they try to master the opera based on her story.

The production of “Lizzie Borden,” which opens Thursday at the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, could be the most ambitious task the ECU Opera Theater has taken on, and everyone involved is feeling at least a little pressure.


Director John Kramer didn’t set out to find the most challenging opera for this season’s performance, it just sort of happened that way.

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