Baylor Opera Theatre Presents Mozart's "The Impresario"

Oct. 11, 2010

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Mozart's "The Impresario" will be presented by Baylor University department of opera theatre at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday Oct. 14, in Roxy Grove Hall in Waco Hall.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's delightful, one-act comic opera (or, more accurately, Singspiel) is presented in a modernized version by Baylor Opera Theater vocalists, stage director Michael Johnson and pianists.

"Since I have been at Baylor, the primary reason for choosing any piece has always been to provide the most opportunities for the most students participating in the opera program as possible," Johnson said.

The setting is the impresario's studio, where two sopranos try to outdo each other in an effort to be the prima donna. The task of the impresario is to somehow manage to get them to unite in the pursuit of true art on the stage in his upcoming opera, which he is sure will bring him fame and fortune.

Richard Vandertulip will play the role of Mr. Scruples, Michael Colman will sing the role of Mr. Bluff, and Edgar Sierra will be Mr. Angel. The female roles will be divided between two singers. Madame Goldentrill will be sung by Suzanne Gregory on Wednesday and by Angela Yoon on Thursday. Miss Silverpeal will be portrayed by Leslie Wadleigh on Wednesday and by Melissa Lubecke on Thursday. Both performances, fully staged and costumed, will be sung in English with piano accompaniment. Pianists will be Diana Preoteasa on Wednesday and Deborah Hui on Thursday.

The two performances are free of charge and open to the public. Waco Hall is at 624 Speight Ave.

For more information on the department of opera theatre or the performance, visit www.baylor.edu/music/opera or call the Baylor University School of Music at (254) 710-3991.

by Alison Higgins, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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