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Lighthearted comedy, ‘La Périchole,’ Nov. 14-16

Miami University Opera Theatre will present Jacques Offenbach’s “La Périchole” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in Hall Auditorium.

Alison Acord (music), producer, describes the work as a lighthearted, three-act romantic tale about starving street singers caught in an unexpected love triangle. “The story allows for drama as well as comedy and is full of great melodies,” said Acord. “It is a wonderful work for both the players and the audience, and the students are having great fun working with it.”

Brian Robertson, a free-lance director and adjunct professor at Northern Kentucky University, is stage director for the production.

The role of La Périchole will be sung by Melanie Woodruff on Saturday and by Kathryn Hone on Friday and Sunday. Woodruff is a graduate student in music performance and Hone is a senior music education major. Other lead roles will be sung by junior Matthew Reis as Paquillo, graduate student Nicolae Pop as Don Andres and junior Andrew Neyer as Don Pedro.

Others involved include: Geoffrey Ahlers, set design; Derek Lee, lighting design; Belinda Poston and Joy Galbraith of Costume Gallery, costume design; Brad Caldwell, vocal coach; Jennifer Picone, stage manager; Sarah Perrino, properties; and Ricardo Averbach, conductor of the orchestra. Mari Opatz-Muni is director of the Miami Opera Theatre program.

The opera is set in 1750 in Lima, Peru. It had its premiere in 1868. Written in French, it will be sung in Eng-lish, in a version by Donald Pippin.

The production is a collaboration between the music department and Miami University Performing Arts Series. Support is provided by the Ohio Arts Council.

Tickets are $5 for students and youth, $8 for senior citizens and $10 for other adults, and are available at the Miami box office in the Shriver Center.

Call 9-3200 or order online at www.tickets.muohio.edu.

Date Published: 11/06/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 14

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