International Opera Institute to perform at Jule Collins Smith Museum

AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art and the Honors College at Auburn University will host performances by the International Opera Institute at the art museum in Auburn at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7.

Based in Palm Springs, Calif., the International Opera Institute is a charitable and educational performing arts company whose mission is to “increase the awareness, appreciation and understanding of opera, as a classical art form in all segments of society, engaging in outreach programs with schools and the public.”

Under the direction of its founder and artistic director Rose Kingsley, an internationally prominent dramatic soprano, the institute presents full operas, concerts, master classes, workshops and lectures.

“Rose Kingsley has planned quite the performance for the Auburn community,” said Jim Hansen, director of the Honors College. “On the stage in the auditorium of the museum, a cast of eight singers from the I.O.I., including Madame Kingsley herself, will perform the opera ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ by Masgani.”

As an encore, Kingsley and two of her lead sopranos will perform a feature of “Duets and Solos From Opera to Broadway.” The event also features a performance from the institute’s “The Three Tenors,” modeled after the performances made famous by Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti.

Seating is limited for this free public event. To reserve seats, email or call (334) 844-3085. A short reception will follow each performance.

For more information on the concert or the museum, go to or call (334) 844-1484. For more information about the International Opera Institute, go to

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