‘A Game of Chance’ Featured in Spring 2012 Opera Workshop


by News Bureau on Monday, Apr. 16, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 16, 2012 – The Opera Workshop of the Department of Music at Southeast Missouri State University will present its spring 2012 program at 3 p.m. April 29 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

The featured work for the afternoon will be a one-act opera by American composer Seymour Barab, “A Game of Chance.” The 35-minute opera follows three women who are discontented with their present lives as they dream of wealth, fame and love. The Representative, an eternal messenger of Fate, brings to each her dearest wish. Even then, all are dissatisfied.

As the publisher states, “The moral of this comic opera: We all want too little or too much.”

Rounding out the afternoon will be scenes from other operas, including “La Périchole” by Jacques Offenbach, “Chip and his Dog” by Gian Carlo Menotti, “Pirates of Penzance” by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by Otto Nicolai. The four scenes and “A Game of Chance” will be performed in English with piano accompaniment.

The directors are Leslie Jones, associate professor of vocal music, and Timothy Schmidt, assistant professor of vocal music

Tickets are on Sale Now.

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., or by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.