The Oklahoma Opera and Music Theatre Company will present this season’s first mainstage opera with the comedy opera Don Pasquale.
“Don Pasquale is an opera that is good for first-time opera goers,” said Dr. David Herendeen, the show’s director. “It speaks in the typical TV language. It is an opportunity for the audiences to be introduced to things that they don’t see every day.”
Herendeen will host a 45-minute preshow presentation which highlights the background information and interesting experience that the performers face.
The opera was composed by Gaetano Donizetti and is set in 1951 Cuba with a focus on architecture and color.
The story follows a young couple who tried to thwart the inappropriate schemes of an old man who wants to marry the girl for himself.
“Don Pasquale is one of my favorite operas by the composer Gaetano,” said Tevyn Hill, opera performance graduate. “The music is beautiful. It is an overall fun experience to work with the other performers and to be playing such a fun role.”
The performers rehearsed at least four times a week since the beginning of October.
Gray Leiper, vocal performance junior, said this is the largest show he has yet to preform in.
The production is scheduled for three performances, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Kirkpatrick Auditorium in Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center.
Tickets are available in the ticket office located in Edith Kinney Gaylord Center or by calling 405-208-5227.
Students may purchase a $5 voucher today or tomorrow outside the caf in Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center, exchangeable for a ticket at the ticket office.