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Sept. 27, 2011 

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Viterbo University music department will present the opera Il Campanello di Notte (The Night Bell) Friday, Oct. 7–Sunday, Oct. 9 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. 

The comic opera The Night Bell by Gaetano Donizetti is the story of Enrico, a rejected admirer of young Serafina, who has just married the old Don Annibale Pistacchio. Enrico constantly interrupts the wedding night with a series of tales, antics, and disguises. He repeatedly shows up at Pistacchio’s drugstore and rings the night bell, forcing the unfortunate groom to fill a ridiculous list of prescriptions. 

The Night Bell is a comical story, it is fast paced, and there will be a lot of laughter,” said music department faculty member David Richardson, who is the music director of the production. He is joined by fellow faculty member Janet McLean, who is serving as the stage director. 

The production has been translated from the original Italian and will be performed in English. 

“Opera is essentially a play set to music, and the cast members are all excellent singers,” Richardson said.  

The Night Bell is part of Viterbo’s Chamber Opera series. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7–8 and 2 p.m. Oct. 9. Tickets are $9 for general admission seating. For more information, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit 


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