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CU to present 'Gianni Schicchi' opera

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Joan C. McKinney

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University's Opera Workshop will present "Gianni Schicchi" (pronounced Johnny skee kee) on Saturday, Nov. 19, through Monday, Nov. 21, in The Gheens Recital Hall.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and Monday, Nov. 21, with a Sunday, Nov. 20, matinee at 3 p.m.

Everyone is invited to the free performances. Seating is first come, first served.

"Gianni Schicchi," by Giacomo Puccini, is an opera comedy sung in English.

"This is a great opera for those who have never seen an opera and also for those who love opera," Dr. Mark Bradley, professor of music, said.

"The story revolves around greedy relatives who want to find a way to change their departed uncle's will so they will get all of his money and possessions."

Juliana Moura, instructor in voice, assists Bradley with the direction, along with student assistant Margareth Miguel from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Pianist for the production is Carla Farias from Recife, Brazil.

Characters include Buoso Donati, the deceased relative; Gianni Schicchi, played by Bradley; Lauretta, his daughter, played by Lindsey Kleyer of Simpsonville; Zita, the matriarch, played by Fern Thomas of Madisonville; Rinuccio, Zita's nephew, played by Jianjia Wang of Beijing, China;

Gherardo, Buoso's nephew, played by Jericho McCoy of Campbellsville; Nella, his wife, played by Amelia Herrin of Sonora; Gherardino, their son, played by David Farias of Campbellsville; Betto, Buoso's brother, played by Allen Brooks of Bardstown; Simone, the patriarch and Buoso's brother, played by Hahae Jung of Pohang, South Korea; Marco, Simone's son, played by James Davis of Paducah; La Ciesca, Marco's wife, played by Heather Heim of Big Clifty and Eunkyung Bae of Busan, South Korea; Master Spinelloccio, the doctor, played by Mike Clark of Louisville; Amantio di Nicolao, the lawyer, played by Joe Weber of Campbellsville; Pinellino, local shoemaker, played by Ian McGuffin of Bardstown and Guccio, a taylor, played by Johnathan McCain of Rose Hill, Va.

For more information, contact the School of Music at music@campbellsville.edu or 789-5237.