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Opera Expert William Fulton to Present for University Forum PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

Opera expert and former longtime director for Mississippi Public Broadcasting William Fulton will be the next featured presenter for The University of Southern Mississippi Honors College’s University Forum.

Fulton, who works with the renowned New York Metropolitan Opera, will present “The World of Opera” at the Manonni Performing Arts Center Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. His presentation is free and open to the public and will be given prior to the Southern Opera and Musical Theatre’s performances of two classic operas, “I Pagliacci” and “Gianni Schicchi.”

Tickets must be purchased in advance for the operas.
"Mr. Fulton's lecture will open a window into the world of opera, and make this vibrant art form accessible and enjoyable to the general public,” said Dr. Douglas Chambers, director of University Forum. “The audience can then enjoy two performances of important operas after his presentation."

Fulton is often sought for his expertise and wealth of knowledge about the world of opera. He has appeared numerous times on the Metropolitan Opera Saturday national broadcasts as a guest on the famous Opera Quiz. He has also served as moderator for the Youth Opera Quiz and lecturer for the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

He has given many lectures for the New Orleans Opera, Mississippi Opera, Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas and at St. John's College in New Mexico. He studied at the University of Florida, at Schiller College in Heidelberg, Germany, and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, giving him multiple opportunities to see opera around the world.

Fulton is also noted for his operatic performances, having appeared in small roles with the Mississippi Opera, earning him the title "the Alfred Hitchcock of Mississippi Opera," because he can always be found somewhere on stage.

“There's not one better than William Fulton to speak about opera in a way that makes it more inviting and appreciated,” said Dr. Jay Dean, director of the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. “Anything that we can do to increase the public's awareness concerning the art form of opera will help people enjoy this medium of musical performance even more.”

For more information on Fulton’s presentation, contact the Southern Miss Honors College at 601.266.4533. Tickets to the operas are available at the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or online at .

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