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Sunday, June 26, 2022

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Moores finishes winter with two operas


The Moores Opera Center’s upcoming winter operas may belong to completely different genres — one a film noir contemporary work and the other a comedic bel canto classic — but the Opera Center aims to pull off the feat of two operas at once with flair.

“The big challenge for us is always to mount two full operas simultaneously,” said Moores Opera Center Artistic Director Buck Ross.

“These actually meshed our talent pool so perfectly that they have not been particularly difficult.”

Thomas Pasatieri’s “Frau Margot” is loosely based on the story of Alban Berg and his wife’s attempts to stave off other composers after his death.

Gaetano Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” shows the evolution of what seems like a lost shot at romance into romantic comedy. The dynamic enables it to happen anywhere in the world, allowing the events to unfold in a small Texas town in spite of the Italian singing.

“Frau Margot” will be sung in English, while “The Elixir of Love” will be sung in Italian. English surtitles will accompany each show.

“The Elixir of Love” will run at 7:30 p.m. tonight, and continue through Jan. 30, Feb. 1 and 2.

“Frau Margot” will run at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 1.

Admission is $20 for the general public and $12 for students and seniors. For more information, visit uh.edu/class/music/opera/current-season.

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