The sounds of comedic selections from an opera of the classical period of music, and more from a 20th century opera, will reverberate through the Bridges-Larson Theater in the Snow Fine Arts building Monday and Tuesday.
The program is a presentation of the Opera Theater Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas.
Performances are slated at 7:30 p.m. each night and admission is free.
In performance order, the first show will be the second act of "The Barber of Seville" by Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) and the second will be "Two Many Sopranos" by the contemporary composer Edwin Penharwood. Both presentations are set in the present time.
Even though the "Barber" was not well received when first presented, it soon became highly successful and has deservedly held the stage to this day because it is rich in melody, abounding in good spirits and brilliant in its climaxes.
It is a love story with many implications and complications, and the story unfolds with its many interesting plots. In the end the principals are stupefied by everything that is happening as the act draws to a conclusion.
Jonathan Pillow as Figaro follows in the footsteps of many noted singers who played the comic figure.
Other cast members are Cassandra Hernandez (Rosina), (Nicolas Cortes (Count Almaviva), Sam Prescott (Dr. Bartolo), Zirui Zhao (Don Basilio), Aubrey Holt (Bertha) and Bradley Byrd (Ambrosius).
"Barber of Seville" is directed and produced by Dr. Wolfgang Oeste. Performance pianist is Patricia Oeste.
The modern opera "Too Many Sopranos" finds four divas in heaven and in need of auditioning for the heavenly choir, a choir that has only one opening for a soprano.
Perplexed at the thought of having to audition, the ladies square off in "idol" fashion by singing arias for St. Peter and Gabriel.
There are twists and turns that follow, even "going to hell," but it all comes out well at the end and they proclaim they will never sing opera again.
"Too many Sopranos" is directed and produced by Dr. Robert Holden; performance pianist is Masaru Sakima.
The cast of performers includes Darrell Micks, Sarah Cain, Katy Hoover (understudy Jessica Kongenske), Karen Graham, Emily Richison, Canon Hoover, Jeremy Hooper, Shawn O’Connor, Antwon Staton, Jenne Marie Pichot, Malissa Mobley, and Nanako Kasuga, who handles the speaking role of Angel Gabriel.