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Fall Opera: La Canterina (The Singing Girl) by Haydn and Prima la musica e poi le parole (First the Music and then the Words) by Salieri.

Haydn’s La Canterina is an unapologetic 18th-century Italian opera buffa: a hilarious comedy replete with love triangles and mistaken identities. In this rollicking piece the female protagonist is a money-grubbing singer who uses her femininity for financial survival and has to live under the shadow of a violent, absent father and a music teacher who is interested in more than teaching her...  It is a funny style, with funny situations. We can’t help but laugh. We might also also leave the theater asking ourselves what we are really laughing at...

Should comedy make as think as well as laugh? Prima la musica e poi le parole by Salieri attempts to do both. Through an irreverent examination of the differences between the value of opera buffa (comedy) and opera seria (tragedy), the relationship between text and music, between money and art, inspiration and creativity, we see a composer, a poet, and two rival divas who throw themselves wildly and farcically into the debate.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Conductor - Bernard McDonald
Director - Giselle Ty
Scenic Designer - Steve McLean
Lighting Designer - Rick Goetz
Costumes - Heather Lesieur

All tickets are $20. Seating is general admission.
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Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2:00pm

Blank Performing Arts Center, Pote Theatre

Event Type

Prominent Weekly Event


All tickets are $20. Seating is general admission.

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