Viterbo University to Present Operas The Telephone and The Medium Oct. 7-8
Sept. 20, 2017
Contact David Richardson at 608-796-3781 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VITERBO UNIVERSITY TO PRESENT OPERAS THE TELEPHONE AND THE MEDIUM OCT. 7–8
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University music students will perform the operas The Telephone and The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 in the Weber Center for the Performing Arts.
“The two operas offer an excellent contrast,” said David Richardson, Viterbo adjunct faculty member and the music director of the production. “The Telephone is a bubbly romantic comedy and The Medium is a dark and dramatic piece. Audiences will enjoy the music of both, which is provided by our superb cast of singers.”
In the story of The Telephone, Ben makes several attempts at Lucy’s apartment to interrupt her telephone conversations with her friends in order to propose to her. His last attempt comes as he leaves the apartment and decides to phone Lucy from a telephone booth. The Medium is the sinister story of Madame Flora, her daughter, and a mute servant boy. During a forged séance, the intoxicated Madame Flora feels a phantom hand around her throat, and the subsequent events lead to a dramatic and shocking conclusion.
“Opera provides excellent singing and acting experience for our students,” Richardson said. “The music of both these operas is very accessible for listeners, and several of the arias are well known. The music carries the plot for both stories.”
Richardson is joined by guest stage director and friend Brent Wilson of Los Angeles, who returns to Viterbo to lend his professional talents to another Viterbo production.
The Telephone and The Medium will be sung in English. An Arts in Context discussion will be held following the Oct. 7 performance.
Tickets are $14 for general admission seating. For tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/tickets.