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University Theatre to Present “Gianni Schicchi”
04/05/2004

Frostburg State University’s Opera Theatre will present the Puccini classic “Gianni Schicchi” on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 20 and 21, in the FSU Performing Arts Center Pealer Recital Hall. The performances, which are free and open to the public, start at 8 p.m. both evenings.

Set in Florence in 1299, “Gianni Schicchi” is a comedy about a wealthy family dealing with the aftermath of their patriarch’s death. As greedy relatives set out to find the will and determine who is the rightful heir to the fortune, chaos ensues in this story of mistaken identity, backstabbing and star-crossed lovers. Director of FSU’s Opera Workshop Corey Trahan likens the on-stage antics to “the sitcom ’Mama’s Family’ set to opera.”

Stage director for the production is Richard Kagey. Karen Soderberg is conductor and Betty Jane Phillips is providing piano accompaniment. Kristina Driskill, of Dallas, Texas, will serve as guest artist, singing the lead mezzo-soprano role.

Trahan has coordinated a community outreach program, in which nearly 500 local elementary students will travel to FSU to see special daytime performances of the opera. These matinees are presented in conjunction with the Allegany Arts Council.

The Italian opera, which is 50 minutes, will be performed in English.

For more information, contact the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu