University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND’s first Opera Gala, Una Bella Notte, set for April 25

The Department of Music is proud to announce the first Opera Gala: Una Bella Notte, Thursday, April 25, 8 p.m. at the historic Masonic Temple Auditorium,  423 Bruce Ave., Grand Forks. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Una Bella Notte means “A Good Evening” in Italian, and audiences can expect an evening of Italian opera performed by promising young artists and established professionals in one of Grand Forks most historic places.

The Gala will feature the works of some of opera’s best-known composers including: Mozart, Bellini, Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi. The Gala will also feature UND Voice Faculty, including: Royce Blackburn, Anne Christopherson, Marla Fogderud & Wesley Lawrence, and Voice students: Sara Otteman Bray, Jace Erickson, Kaylee Lackman, Angela Loff & Ryan Olien.

The Department of Music has been delighting the Grand Cities area with hundreds of performances a year but this opera night is something new for the Grand Forks community.

About the Venue: The current Masonic Temple was built in 1913 by Joseph Bell DeRemer after a fire destroyed the original.  It was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for seniors and students at the door.

-- Anne Christopherson, Associate Professor of Voice, Opera, 701.777.2835,