Washington University Opera Scenes Nov. 15-16

Music of Rossini, Massenet, Strauss, Beethoven and Ward

Angelina toils away for her two preening stepsisters. But when Prince Ramiro visits the household, disguised as a mere valet, it is love at first sight.

Tim Ocel

La Cenerentola (1817) by Gioachino Rossini offers a brisk, witty and emphatically non-supernatural variation on the traditional Cinderella tale. It also contains some of Rossini’s finest writing for voice, ingeniously deploying “bel canto” vocal techniques to define character and further the story.

At 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15 and 16, Tim Ocel and the Washington University Opera Workshop will present excerpts from La Cenerentola and four other classic operas in the 560 Music Center Ballroom Theater.

Also on the program will be scenes from Werther (1892) by Jules Massenet; Der Rosenkavalier (“The Knight of the Rose”) (1911) by Richard Strauss; and Fidelio (1805) by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Concluding the program will be excerpts from The Crucible (1961), Robert Ward's operatic adaptation of the play by Arthur Miller.

Ocel, lecturer in the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences, directs the performance. Senior lecturer Christine Armistead is musical director. Pianist will be Sandra Geary, teacher of applied music.

Both evenings are free and open to the public and are sponsored by the Department of Music. The 560 Music Center is located in University City at 560 Trinity Ave.

For more information, call (314) 935-5566 or email daniels@wustl.edu.

Liam Otten
Art News Director
(314) 935-8494