Southeast River Campus to Showcase Two Opera Performances


music-vocalCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 15, 2016 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present Donizetti’s “The Night Bell” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Trial by Jury” Friday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at the River Campus.

Accompanied by the chamber orchestra, the two one-act operas are theatrical gems, said Chris Goeke, professor of music at Southeast

“They make for a delightful evening of music and fun,” he said. “It’s two weddings, two disasters with an operatic treatment of love.”

“The Night Bell,” or “Il campanello,” is a bubbly comedy by Gaetano Donizetti that revolves around the wedding celebration of an elderly pharmacist, his very young bride and her former suitor Enrico, who keeps interrupting the wedding night in various disguises. The opera sparkles with Donizetti’s lovely melodies and typical opera buffa plot twists. “The Night Bell” will be performed in Italian with English super-titles.

“Trial by Jury” by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan is an amusing spoof about a young lady who has been left at the altar and is suing her former fiancée for leaving her high and dry. Fun and frivolity ensue as the bride manipulates the judge and jury for sympathy while the bridegroom desperately, but unsuccessfully, tries to look innocent. Who will win the verdict in this judicial battle for love?  “Trial by Jury” will be performed in English, also with super-titles.


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