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Sept. 24, 2009

Contact Dan Johnson-Wilmot at 608-796-3761 or


LA CROSSE, Wis. – Viterbo University will present Giacomo Puccini’s classic opera, Suor Angelica, Friday, Oct. 2–Sunday, Oct. 4 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Suor Angelica is a beautiful and haunting one-act tale of loss and repentance set at a convent near Siena, Italy in the latter part of the 17th century. This production will be performed in Italian.

The cast consists of some of Viterbo’s most talented singers and actors. Faculty member Dan Johnson-Wilmot will serve as music director and Ken Risch, dean of the School of Fine Arts, will be the stage director. Faculty member Judy Stafslien will serve as pianist.

“The beautiful and emotionally powerful music of Puccini and the talented singers and actors from the Viterbo music department will join forces to bring to life this wonderful opera,” Johnson-Wilmot said.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Oct 2–3 and 2 p.m. Oct. 4. Former faculty member Cyrilla Barr will present a pre-performance lecture on the opera in the Fine Arts Center Hospitality Suite at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 2–3 and at 1:15 p.m. Oct. 4.

Suor Angelica is part of the Viterbo music department’s Chamber Opera Series. Tickets are $8 for general admission seating. For more information, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or

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