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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Life + Arts

Weekend features performances from opera, theatre schools


UH’s performance art community opens the second half of the spring season with two productions this weekend.

The Moores Opera Center presents “Der Rosenkavalier” at 7:30 p.m. today in the Moores Opera House.

The opera, with music by Richard Strauss and libretto by Hugo von Hoffmansthal, is described as a comedy for music.

According to the center’s website, an old Viennese custom calls for the Knight of the Rose to deliver a silver rose to a betrothed from her beloved. Problems arise, however, when the betrothed falls for the messenger.

From the website: “Nostalgic waltzes permeate this sublime score, conjuring up old Vienna in all its glory, while lavish costumes and scenerey from a backdrop to a story that is one part autumnal romance and one part romp.”

The opera wil be sung in German with English surtitles. Performances will also be held at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

For more information, visit www.music.uh.edu/opera/.

Also opening this weekend is the School of Theatre & Dance production of “The Narrator,” with the first performance at 7:30 p.m. inside Studio 208 of the Mitchell Center for the Arts.

From the school’s website: “Do you know who you are? Do you know who’s pulling your strings? You think you’re making your own decisions, but are you? Guided by the Narrator of the story, we are introduced to people who find themselves characters in a crazy onstage world. How do they avoid what’s scripted before them and how much control does the Narrator himself have over the story?”

All performances in STUDIO 208, the center’s 50-seat studio, are free and open to the public. Tickets for “The Narrator” will be available at the box office on the day of the performances.

Performances are also scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.uh.edu/class/theatre-and-dance/buy-tickets/2011-2012/index.php.

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