The first production of the mainstage opera season will open Friday, Nov. 14.
The production will differ from past shows, as two one-act operas will be performed on the same evening, instead of one. Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday in Kirkpatrick Auditoriumin Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center.
The first show is L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges by French composer Maurice Ravel. Then Suor Angelica, by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, will be performed after intermission.
The opera and music theater department chose to perform two shows to give their students more opportunities to perform, said Karen Coe Miller, director of the shows and associate professor of music.
“It really expands the number of students we can serve in primary roles,” Miller said.
London Long-Wheeler, vocal performance junior, who plays “La Suora Zelatrice” in Suor Angelica, said she enjoys being in an opera.
“It’s exhilarating to sing with a bunch of other talented people and share the emotion of the music with everybody,” Long-Wheeler said. “That’s always the best part about being in the opera.”
Suor Angelica will be performed in Italian and L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges will be sung in French. Both will feature English supertitles.
Editor’s Note: Mackenzie Menter, copy editor, is on the production team for this production.