Utah State University Opera Theatre will present one-act operas and scenes Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30, at the Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 West Center Street, Logan. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Featured will be the premiere of a new opera for children by USU undergraduate Shane Mickelsen, based upon the Grimm's fairytale, The Wolf and the Seven Kids. Forty Utah State opera singers, community children and instrumentalists join for the premiere of this comedy, with the composer conducting.
Opening the program will be the ACT I Finale from Mozart's well-known 18th century comic opera Cosí fan tutte (Women are like that). The Mozart opera scene is followed by a contrastingly serious one-act opera by Gustav Holst, Sãvitri, based on Indian legend, said Lynn Jemison-Keisker, director of the Utah State University Opera Theatre program. Jemison-Keisker will be piano-conductor, with Merillee Broadbent, duo-pianist for the Mozart scene and for Sãvitri.
Guest stage director for the Mozart scene is Utah State alumna Karlee Heaps, and guest stage director for the Holst and Mickelsen one-act operas is Utah State Theatre Arts faculty member Adrianne Moore.
Tickets may be purchased from the Caine School of the Arts Box-Office (797-8022), online or at the Caine Lyric Theatre one hour before curtain on the two performance days.
Organizers invite everyone to join Utah State University Opera Theatre students for a fun-filled evening to be enjoyed equally by youth and the young-at-heart alike.
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The event is free and open to the public, and interested parties are encouraged to attend.