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Kennedy Center Hosts Freshmen Operagoers

University College students outside the Kennedy Center's Opera House before a performance of Salome.

University College students outside the Kennedy Center's Opera House before a performance of Salome. (Photo: Jeff Watts)

An evening at the Washington National Opera calls for glamour, and the 280 University College students who attended the Oct. 12 performance of Salome didn’t disappoint.

Organized by the University College, AU’s first-year residential learning program, the Kennedy Center event was a cultural night on the town for the freshmen, many of whom were first-time operagoers.

"Each year we have a common event for students to just bond and enjoy themselves,” said Jamie Wyatt, assistant director, General Education. “The students all looked lovely; they went all out and had a great time.”

The freshmen, who are enrolled in one of 12 University College seminars, also attended a pre-opera workshop, Oct. 10, during which they learned about the history of Salome, Richard Strauss’s opera based on the  biblical story of a degenerate princess. —AF