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DePauw Opera Presents Gianni Schicchi and Roman Fever, February 19-22

February 2, 2004

February 2, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw University proudly continues its annual tradition of presenting a fully-staged opera production each year with this month's production of Giacomo Puccini's beloved comic opera, Gianni Schicchi, and Robert Ward's Roman Fever. Both will be presented February 19-22 in Moore Theatre of DePauw's Performing Arts Center. A chamber orchestra will accompany the student performers as they present the two operas. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee starts at 2 p.m.

Directed by associate professor of music Leo Goeke and conducted by professor of music Orcenith Smith, this year's opera productions are both set in Italy. Gianni Schicchi, written by Puccini, takes place in Florence at the turn of 14th century. This short operatic comedy involves greedy relatives plotting to eagerly line their own pockets with family money intended for a monastery. The intensity grows when the man that they have hired to impersonate their nearly dead relative turns the tables on them.

Ward's Roman Fever is a relatively new opera based on the short story by renowned writer Edith Wharton (1862-1938). It weaves a tale about two upscale American LGL & CH 2 14 12 snow 36widows in their forties as they discuss their lives, daughters and generational differences. The dramatic, one-act production is set on a vacation to Rome in 1924 in a terrace restaurant. The plot thickens when the women reminisce about their first ever visit to Rome, some twenty years earlier, the men that they met and the ensuing "Roman Fever." According to John Lambert of the UK's The Spectator, “Roman Fever melds music with drama in a manner reminiscent of the finest verismo operas, and sports an extraordinary quartet for four female voices that must surely rank among Ward's most moving moments.” The creator of the opera, Robert Ward, is known best for his Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, The Crucible.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students and are available at the DePauw Performing Arts Center Box Office by calling (765) 658-4827 or sending an e-mail here. For more information about this event or other upcoming School of Music events, call (765) 658-4379 or click here.

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