CU to present opera

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By The Staff

The Campbellsville University Opera Workshop will present "Gianni Schicchi" on Nov. 17-19.

Shows are Saturday and Monday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

All performances are in Gheens Recital Hall. Tickets are available and must be reserved by calling 789-5237. General admission is $5. Faculty, staff and students are free.

"Gianni Schicchi" is an opera in one act written by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giovacchino Forzano. It is the third of the trio of operas known as "Il trittico." It was first performed in 1918 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

The storyline revolves around the death of a wealthy man, Buoso Donatti, and the schemes of his relatives to get their hands on his money. With the help of the cunning Gianni Schicchi, the relatives plan to change Donati's will so they will be the sole inheritors of his fortune. However, clever scheming by Schicchi produces an unexpected and unfavorable outcome for Donati's relatives.

The opera workshop will perform the English version, which was arranged by Anne and Herbert Grossman. It is under the direction of Dr. Mark Bradley, one of Campbellsville University's vocal professors. Bradley will also be playing the part of Simone. Dr. Tony Cunha, assistant professor of music and director of the Campbellsville University Concert Chorus, will also play a smaller part. The role of Gianni Schicchi will be played by Marcelo Ferreira of Recife, Brazil. It will also feature current and former students Seong-Ho Choi, Carmen Drake, Belani Segunda, Jason Logan, Kevin Durham, Jeff Parks, Bridgette Sallee, Juliana Moura, Mary Grace Lee and Warren Akers. It will be accompanied by Carla Farias of Brazil.