Opera/Music Theatre Workshop Performing One-Act Operas April 1- 2

The talents of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students will be showcased as the Department of Music presents two one-act operas, “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini at 8 p.m. April 1-2 in Academic Auditorium on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.

“Suor Angelica” is a touching drama about life in a 17th century Italian convent. The title character, Sister Angelica, has waited for seven long years for news of her family, specifically of her son, who was conceived out of wedlock. Her stern aunt, the Principessa, arrives to have Angelica sign legal documents, giving up all claims to the family inheritance. At this meeting, Angelica learns of tragic news regarding her son. The grieving Angelica laments the loss of her child, who died without the tender caresses of his mother. Later, Angelica decides to take her own life so that she may be in heaven with her son. However, after the fatal poison is taken, she realizes that she has committed a mortal sin.  All is saved in the end as a miracle ensues to preserve the soul of Sister Angelica.

In “Gianni Schicchi,” Buoso Donati, a wealthy Italian emigrant residing in Cape Girardeau, has recently passed away.  His family appears to actually be mourning for him until they discover that he has bequeathed most of his wealth to the University (probably for the River Campus). The quibbling family begrudgingly enlists the help of a local undesirable,Gianni Schicchi. Schicchi contrives to impersonate the deceased Donati in order to change the existing will. He tricks the doctor into believing he is the still-sick Donati and is also able to fool the lawyer. However, a surprise ending is in store for the greedy cousins, aunts and uncles as Schicchi dictates the will and, in the end, the family gets what they deserve.

Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265. Tickets are $8 for students, $9 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $10 for the public. Student, faculty, and senior citizen discounts are available for advanced sales only, so get your tickets early. All seats will be $10 at the door on the night of the performances.

For information, contact Christopher Goeke, associate professor of voice and opera at Southeast Missouri State Unversity at (573) 651-2605 or e-mail cgoeke@semo.edu.