CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 12, 2015 – The Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present two one-act operas by Pulitzer Prize Winner Gian Carlo Menotti at the River Campus at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 and 3 p.m. Jan. 25.
The two operas to be featured are “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and “Amelia Goes to the Ball,” and they will be presented as a double bill in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.
The cast is comprised of current students and a few Southeast alumni. Students auditioned for the opera in September and have been rehearsing since. According to Chris Goeke, opera director and professor of music at Southeast, the next two weeks are about adding the final touches to the performance, incorporating the orchestra, costumes, lighting, scenery and supertitle translations.
“At Southeast, we are committed to bringing opera into our community in a way that is engaging and meaningful,” Goeke said. “We have developed supertitle projections to be used during the performances. The supertitles allow even those with no knowledge of opera to enjoy the action of the shows. I would encourage all who enjoy theatre to come out and see the operas.”
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” will be presented in English with supertitles, and “Amelia Goes to the Ball” will be presented in Italian with supertitles.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” is a charming and fun story about what might have happened if the three Magi (from the Biblical nativity story) stopped overnight at a poor villager’s hut as they follow the eastern star. It has a strong message of hope, charity and compassion.
“Amelia al ballo” (Amelia Goes to the Ball) is a comedy about a woman who is determined to attend the most important ball of her life, but her husband discovers that she has not been faithful and calls off the evening. A confrontation between the lover, the husband and Amelia creates quite a commotion resulting in the police and entire neighborhood coming in to solve the problem.
Tickets for the operas will be $16 for the general public and $3 for University students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or by visiting www.RiverCampusEvents.com.