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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fine Arts

Opera House brings a taste of Italy and Russia to UH


Moores School of Music will start the semester with two opera performances starting Jan. 24 at Moores Opera House.

Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” is a story that follows worker Figaro (Eric Lindsay) and his bride-to-be Susanna (Amanda Sauceda and Kyla Knox). The pair tries to restore the marriage of Countess Rosina and Count Almavivo without destroying their own engagement.

The opera will be performed in the original Italian, and English subtitles will be projected on a screen.

“It’s a perfect opportunity for all students — both those onstage in the cast, and those in the orchestra — to perform this masterpiece, many for the first time,” said director Brett Mitchell.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Moscow, Cheryomushki” is a comedy directed by Buck Ross, conducted by Jake Sustaita, and starring Brandon Grimes as Boris with Katrina Van Maanen and Leah Bobbey alternating as Lidochka.

It tells the story of three Russian couples who try to find an apartment at a new high-rise complex in Moscow and wind up finding trouble instead.

“It’s not often you get to see a masterpiece in person, but the Moores Opera Center definitely makes this possible,” Mitchell said.

The performances are two of the four separate productions that the opera center offers the UH community each year, Mitchell said.

“The Marriage of Figaro” opens Jan. 24 and “Moscow, Cheryomushki” opens Jan. 25. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for both performances. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the Moors Opera Center online.

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