Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Two Comic Operas Make Up 2009 Spring Opera Production April 17-18

KINGSVILLE - April 08, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Public invited to attend free performances at Little Theatre

Three women beg, borrow and steal to win the affection of one man. Grey’s Anatomy goes to the opera.

These are quick descriptions of the two comedic, one-act operas to be performed by the Opera Ensemble of Texas A&M University-Kingsville Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, as part of the music program’s annual Spring Opera.

The annual Spring Opera is free and open to the public.

The one-acts to be performed are The Old Man and the Thief by Giancarlo Menotti, and Gallantry by Douglas Moore.

The Old Maid and the Thief shows how the staid, loveless lives of three women are turned upside down by the arrival of a handsome young man named Bob. Each woman goes further and further in their efforts to woo Bob, breaking laws and leaving destruction in their wake. The comedy is sung in English, and was one of the first operas composed for performance on the radio when it premiered in 1939.

Gallantry plays like a true soap opera, complete with commercials and set in a hospital. The love lives of doctors, nurses and patients ping pong in this rarely performed opera spoof, sung in English.

According to Dr. Sheila Siobhan, assistant professor of music and director of both one-acts, the performances will make for a great night of comedy.

The Texas A&M-Kingsville Chamber Opera Orchestra provides the music. Albert Garcia, a music junior from Beeville, conducts Gallantry, and Hector Trevino, a music sophomore from Monterrey, Mexico, conducts The Old Maid and the Thief.

Costumes for both one-acts are by Cristina Suarez-Machuca.

The cast of Gallantry is made up of the following music majors: Juan Senties, senior from Beeville; Vanessa Mora, junior from Weslaco; Allen Lowe, senior from Victoria; and Leslie Rocha, junior from Pharr.

The cast of The Old Man and the Thief is made up of the following students: Cassondra Lopez, sophomore from Monte Alto; Malarie Garza, senior from Beeville; Joanna Lara, freshman from Laredo; Andrea Keyes, senior from Houston; Blanca Fleischman, sophomore from Mercedes; Albert Garcia, junior from Beeville; and Boris Libson III, sophomore from Eagle Pass. All are music majors, except for Keyes, a pre-pharmacy major.
For more information, call 361-593-2803.

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