Our people: Portales music teacher Eunice Schumpert wanted to be an opera singer as a child

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Eunice Schumpert of Portales doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t singing and playing the piano. She is on the cusp of her 90th birthday and continues to be active as a piano and voice teacher. Schumpert began teaching as early as her senior year of high school. She began her own […]

PETA losing relevance

I was pondering on the seemingly frivolous tendency of humans to disregard some of the basic accomplishments that brought mankind to our esteemed place on the planet Earth in the 21st Century. For example, in order to move beyond the gathering roots and berries phase, they discovered the life-giving dense protein, meat. In the progression […]

Thursday morning briefing: Top grades, an auction and a night at the opera

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Top grades Melrose High School and elementary school were recognized for top science performance on the 2010 New Mexico Standards Based Assessments, according to a news release. Melrose Elementary School had the highest percentage of students performing at proficientor advanced level in science in fifth grade […]

Ticket feature: ENMU alumnus, opera singer returning for homecoming

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Jared Tucker ENMU alumnus and acclaimed opera singer Manuel Melendez will be in Portales at this year’s homecoming festivities. Manuel Melendez will be attending a breakfast ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated music building at ENMU, and will honor Melendez’s high school and college instructor, George Umberson. [image#1, align=right, size=medium] Melendez graduated ENMU in 1965 […]

Monday morning briefing: Opera changed and protests

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Opera fans take note The time has been changed to 7 p.m. for EasternNew Mexico University’s “Opera Scenes: The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville” on Friday and Saturday

Ticket feature: Opera tour stopping in Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Santa Fe Opera’s spring tour, featuring soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine and baritone Sean Anderson, will be in Clovis on April 20. With a free 7 p.m. performance for the public, the tour will perform at 1:15 p.m. for students at Town Hall at Clovis Community College. Words and Music, is a short, […]

Santa Fe Opera visiting Clovis

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Freedom New Mexico The Santa Fe Opera is stopping in Clovis during its tour through New Mexico and Texas — part of Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series. The opera will offer free public concerts as well as daytime performances for students. The performances for students will be an adaptation of Donizetti’s comedy “The Elixir […]

New rehearsal hall for opera on horizon

By Anne Constable: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Santa Fe Opera is seeking legislative approval for an agreement with the state to lease and eventually purchase a yet-to-be-built open-air rehearsal hall and the land it sits on. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, introduced this week House Joint Resolution 8, which would give […]

Design contest open to youth

PNT staff New Mexico students are invited to enter the 2009 Santa Fe Opera Youth Poster Design Contest. The deadline is Feb. 1. Winners receive a cash prize and a family package of six tickets for all Youth Night at the Opera performances. The winning images are to be used to publicize the three Youth […]

Aug. 26, 2008 ENMU Faculty/Staff Briefs

Kayla Paulk reports that Broadway/film composer and conductor David Friedman auditioned about 10 of the best singers from VOICExperience in Orlando, Fla. Kayla, who is serving as a coach and accompanist on the faculty of Metropolitan Opera baritone Sherrill Milnes’ opera workshop, was chosen to play the auditions. Tracy Carr, associate professor of music, will […]

Ticket: Roswell concert features Broadway flavor

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The sounds of one of the world’s most famous Broadway shows is on its way to Roswell. A benefit concert for the Roswell Symphony Orchestra is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Pearson Auditorium, located on the campus of New Mexico Military Institute. The concert features pianist […]

Classic opera starts holiday ambiance

Helen Carroll: ENMU Communication Services Amahl and the Night Visitors returns to Eastern New Mexico University after 17 years. Directed by Dr. Roberto Mancusi, assistant professor of voice, this Christmas opera is a favorite of the faculty and members of the surrounding community. It will be presented on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, […]

Sci-fi fans to gather for lecture

Tony Parra Space, the final frontier: An everyday cliche for Star Trek fans, a creative compartment in the mind of Jack Williamson. Space exploration will be in the minds of those participating in the Jack Williamson Lectureship luncheon, titled “Space Opera — Then and Now,” which will take place on Thursday in the ballroom of […]