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Join The University of Texas at El Paso, traditional Bhutanese performers and world-class opera vocalists for a once-in-a-lifetime production celebrating UTEP's century of connection with the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Opera Bhutan will have its U.S. premiere on Aug. 30, 2014 at UTEP's Don Haskins Center, treating attendees with a first-ever mix of traditional Western opera and Bhutanese musical culture.

Opera Bhutan is a cooperative project of UTEP, the Royal Government of Bhutan, the El Paso Opera, Bhutanese cultural advisor Preston Scott, and opera professionals from almost every continent. Elements of traditional Bhutanese tsechu dances and singing have been incorporated into George Friderich Handel's Acis and Galatea, an opera based on Greek legend and featuring themes of love, death and transformation that transcend boundaries of language and geography.

In October 2013, the production made its world premiere in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu, marking the first time that live opera had ever been staged in Bhutan.

The 2014 production presents a rare opportunity for the public to take in the artistry of accomplished Bhutanese performers. UTEP students will have a second opportunity to perform alongside renowned professionals. Opera Bhutan also marks the culmination of the University's Centennial Celebration, bringing the history of UTEP full circle with the recognition that its architecture was directly inspired by photographs of the Himalayan kingdom in a 1914 issue of National Geographic Magazine.

Make plans to be in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 30 for this unforgettable event.

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Coming soon: Opera Bhutan

The U.S. premiere of the first-ever melding of Western opera and Bhutanese musical tradition takes place on August 30, 2014, at the University of Texas at El Paso.

The University of Texas at El Paso will be one hundred years old in 2014. Over the past century, each of us—students, staff, and faculty—have brought our dreams to this University and worked together to achieve them. Learn more »