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June 27, 2012

Irish mezzo-soprano Naomi O'Connell reschedules Purdue performance

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN—Irish mezzo-soprano Naomi O'Connell has rescheduled her Purdue University performance at Loeb Playhouse from Nov. 1 to March 7, 2013.

O'Connell was offered the lead role of Despina in the fall performances of Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, a co-production of the Juilliard School and the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist training program. The director is Stephen Wadsworth, who recently directed O'Connell in Master Class for the West End run in London.

"This opera performance is a major engagement for Ms. O'Connell and we're so proud of this accomplishment, as it further validates her status as a rising star," said Todd Wetzel, director of Purdue Convocations. "We're thrilled to have found a new date for her recital performance at Purdue."

O'Connell won first prize in the 2011 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and also recently starred, opposite Tyne Daly, as the aspiring opera singer Sharon Graham in Terrence McNally's Master Class, both on Broadway and London's West End.

O’Connell began voice training at age 13 and graduated from The Juilliard School. Her numerous operatic roles include Bizet's Carmen and Mozart's Cherubino, and she's equally at home in recitals, having debuted at Lincoln Center in 2010.

Ticket refund information

Patrons who have ordered tickets for this performance will be issued tickets for the rescheduled performance date of March 7, 2013. Patrons who want a refund may call the Purdue Box Office at 1-800-914-SHOW by Sept. 28. Tickets will be mailed in early August.

All tickets are $14 and are available at the Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20 to 30 performances of widely varying genres.

Source: Abby Eddy, 765-494-5045, aeeddy@purdue.edu