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WTAMU Opera Workshop to Present The Impresario and Suor Angelica

Jan. 29, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Opera Workshop to Present The Impresario and Suor Angelica

CANYON, Texas—A fast paced comic opera will be paired with one about love, loss and redemption when the West Texas A&M University Opera Workshop and Symphony Orchestra present The Impresario and Suor Angelica at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3 in Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall on campus.

The production is under the direction of Dr. Cloyce Kuhnert, artistic director and associate professor of voice, and Dr. Mark Bartley, conductor and associate professor of music.

The Impresario, written by W. A. Mozart, is a comic opera that tells the story of Mr. Frank, an impresario, his assistant, Mr. Grins, and their search for a perfect season of performances at their theatre. A five-member cast will show how the search brings confusion and jealousy to the theatre when two mistresses—an aging prima donna and an up-and-coming starlet—are hired for roles. The Impresario is an opera with spoken dialogue that features only four vocal pieces.

Suor Angelica is an opera in one act by Giacomo Puccini. It is a story about Angelica, a young woman of noble birth who has spent the past seven years in a convent after giving birth to an illegitimate son. Grief fills her quiet life when she learns that her son has died, and an aunt unexpectedly appears asking Angelica to sign away her inheritance. She finds an escape from the grief but seeks forgiveness as she takes her life with a poisonous potion. Eighteen students make up the cast for Suor Angelica.

Tickets for The Impresario and Suor Angelica, priced at $8 for adults and $5 for students, can be purchased in the music office located in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 202. Admission is free for those with a Buffalo Gold Card. For more information, call 806-651-2840.



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