Wine, dine at ‘Canta in Italia’ fundraiser

Feb 05, 2016 678

by Alex Perry

With some exceptions, Italian is the language of opera, and not just in the verbal sense. In order for an opera singer to truly understand the material, they need to understand the culture from which it came. It would make sense, then, for Wichita State's budding opera stars to visit the boot-shaped country to bolster their education. That is the goal of the "Canta in Italia" (Sing in Italy) fundraiser event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at The Ville in Andover, 123 N. Main St.

Attendees can wine and dine on fine Italian delicacies while being serenaded by WSU faculty member and international opera star Sam Ramey, who will perform an aria from Boito's "Mefistofele," a part he became well-known for throughout his career. "It's a fun opera and a fun aria," Ramey said. "Hopefully at my age I'll still be able to get myself through it."

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