Dr. Richard Todd Payne

(Photo courtesy Limmie Pulliam)

It’s hard to believe, but Springfield Regional Opera has been in operation for 36 years.  And to open their 37th season, SRO is producing an opera I, frankly, never expected them to attempt, but have always wished they could produce: Verdi’s Shakespearean masterpiece Otello.  But they’ve found a cast that can sing the work—particularly the problematic title role—and a way to perform it as economically as possible: in a semi-staged concert version, with the orchestra on the stage.  And they’re only doing one performance: Saturday October 7th at 8:00pm in the Juanita K.

(Photo courtesy Dr. Richard Todd Payne)

As part of African-American Heritage Month at Missouri State University, Associate Professor of Voice Dr. Todd Payne will present a vocal recital Thursday Feb. 26 at 7:30pm in Ellis Recital Hall. It’s free and open to the public.  Dr. Payne will be accompanied by two other MSU faculty members, pianist Dr. Peter Collins and organist Jeremy Chesman, along with the MSU Chorale.