Posting Date: October 24, 2011
Kennesaw State Opera Theatre to present double bill
KSU Opera Theatre to perform a non-English opera in its original language
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KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Opera Theatre will present a double bill of two one-act operas, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari's "Il Segreto di Susanna," performed in Italian, and Gian-Carlo Menotti's "The Old Maid and the Thief," performed in English. Performances will take place in the Howard Logan Stillwell Theater on Nov. 3-6.
This will be the first time KSU Opera Theatre has performed a non-English opera in its original language. Director Russell Young, associate professor of opera, expects this will be the first of many original language performances. "Doing an opera in its original language is a lot of work to do in one semester, but it’s worth it because operas work best in the language they were written in, and it’s a good experience for the students."
"Il Segreto di Susanna" is the story of an older man who becomes suspicious of his young wife when he notices the smell of smoke on her clothes. Fearing the smell is a sign she is having an affair with man who is a smoker, he searches to uncover the truth. Young sees “Il Segreto di Susanna” as "a sweet commentary on relationships” and says, “audiences can expect some interesting music. Wolf lived around the same time that Puccini did, and there are certainly elements of those very melodic, beautiful, arching phrases."
“The Old Maid and the Thief,” originally written for radio, signals a change of pace Young describes as "much more rhythmically based, much more modern." Menotti, a native Italian, spent most of his life in America and wrote his operas in English. This opera tells the story of three women who offer hospitality to a stranger. They soon begin to suspect their guest is an escaped robber rumored to be in the neighborhood, but are afraid to ask him to leave. As they search for a solution, the opera uses the drama that unfolds to examine the character and moral choices of its players.
General admission is $15. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact the KSU box office online or at 770-423-6650.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 24,100 students from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.