From Gisela Moffit:
Hi, this weekend we will experience comedy and/or tragedy. So plan ahead so that you can see both.
CMU's Opera Theatre will present Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" on Friday and Saturday (March 15/16) at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Staples Family Concert Hall in the Music Building. There is a double cast and you may want to go twice because each one has wonderful singers. Cost is $ 7.00 for students and seniors and $ 10 for all others. They are available at the Central Box Office, CMU Event Center at 989-774-3045, at the door or online at www.cmich.edu/ticketcentral.
As to the tragedy, the MET Live in HD will present Riccardo Zandonai's opera "Francesca da Rimini" on Saturday, March 16 at 12 (noon) at Celebration Theatre. This is a brand new production, the first in 27 years at the MET. It is based on an episode in Dante's "Inferno" and stars the Dutch Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role who falls in love with Paolo sung by Marcello Giordani, but their love is doomed. Running time is 240 minutes with 3 intermissions.
New York Times music critic Steve Smith wrote, "From the moment the curtain rises you are awed by Ezio Frigerio's towering, grandly detailed sets, designed for a 1984 resurrection of a work neglected since 1918. Franca Squarciapino's costumes delight your eyes. Zandanai's luxuriously orchestrated music caresses your ears". Looking forward to seeing you soon. Gisela=