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Oops! I Think I'm In Love!

What can be better than a double bill production of two comic operas? The Ruth Asawa SOTA Vocal and Music departments presented George Frederic Handel's Serse and Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and The Thief. Both productions took place on August 28 and 29, at the St Aiden's Episcopal Church, featuring students from both the Vocal Department and the Instrumental Department. Serse was the first opera to be performed on both evenings, featuring Hope Nelson in the title role, Emilie Suarez as Romilda, Sam Siegel as Arsamene, Maya Goell as Atalanta, Evan Tiapula as Ariodate, and Ben Stacy as Elviro. The ensemble included Jillian Abaya, Maya Dearman, Ryan Doyle, Dorian Cunningham, Noah Goldstein, Nia Lewis, Simone Moore, Mackenzie Nemoff, Jackson Paddock, Evan Tiapula, and Ben Stacy.

Ms. Nelson, performing a trouser role, succeeded as presenting Serse (Xerxes) as a dignified King, moving around the stage elegantly and confidently. She performed Ombra Mai Fu with a royal tone…