Cal State L.A. Presents
An Evening of Parlor Opera
What & Who:
The Opera Theatre at California State University, Los Angeles to present An Evening of Parlor Opera, directed by RenÃ© Aravena, associate professor of music. The evening features two delightful one-act comedies: The Secret of Susanna by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti. Performed by the Cal State L.A. Opera Orchestra and Thomas Verrier, conductor. Musical preparation by Twyla Meyer.
Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, 2001, 8 p.m.
Cal State L.A. State Playhouse. The University is located at the Eastern Avenue exit, San Bernardino (I-10) Fwy., at the interchange of 10 and 710 Fwys. (Public permit dispenser parking is available in Lots C and G or upper level of Parking Structure II.)
THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF
This jewel of a show will steal your heart. The handsome beggar Bob (Eric Castro) fills a void in the lives of lonely Miss Todd (Catherine Yepes) and her young maid, Laetitia (Rebecca Rassmussen-Friday performance; and Robyn Grandy-Saturday). Their infatuation increases when they mistakenly suspect him of being responsible for the recent burglaries in town. The mood becomes comic and frantic as the two women work desperately to keep Bob from leaving and the town gossip, Miss Pinkerton (Arwen HernÃ¡ndez) from finding out.
THE SECRET OF SUSANNA
The Secret of Susanna, performed by Kate Oberjat (Susanna), RenÃ© Aravena (Count Gil) and Verno Urquiza (Sante), is the story of a jealous husband and a young wife with a little secret very well kept by a mute butler. Wolf-Ferrari lush melodies and post-romantic harmonies are ideally suited to this fin-de-siecle exquisite blend of romance and comedy.
General admission, $10; students/seniors, $5. For more information on the opera, call (323) 343-4060 or (323) 343-4072.
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