Students walking in front of Student Union

March 24, 2014

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will present Gallantry and Signor Deluso as part of the university’s Chamber Opera Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3–Saturday, April 5 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Gallantry, written by Douglas Moore, is a parody of soap opera in which a dramatic battle between good and evil unfolds as renowned surgeon Dr. Gregg unveils his love for his nurse, Lola. Unfortunately, Lola is already engaged to Donald Hopewell, who works in the cashier’s office at the same hospital. The parody even comes complete with commercials.

Signor Deluso, by Thomas Pasatieri, is a farce in which love, mistaken identities, and false accusations play a major role in the over-the-top plot. Romantic interests initially all fall victim to misunderstandings as a result.

“The operas pair very well with each other because of the comedic elements in each,” said David Richardson, Viterbo faculty member and music director of the productions. “The music is very accessible, and audience members should enjoy a good laugh.”

Richardson’s friend Brent Wilson, a professional musician and director from California will be guest directing. Wilson directed the Viterbo Chamber Opera Series’ recent production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble In Tahiti, as well as continuing to take part in Viterbo’s Opera Performance Workshop held during the summer.

Both operas will be performed in English and will run approximately a half hour each.

“Performing two one-act operas gives Viterbo’s outstanding students more opportunities for roles,” Richardson said.

Tickets are $12 for general admission seating. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit


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