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Opera Workshop presents Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi"

Nov. 11, 2003

KALAMAZOO--The Opera Workshop at Western Michigan University presents a semi-staged workshop presentation of Puccini's beloved comic opera "Gianni Schicchi" beginning at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 19-20, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The performances are free and open to the public.

The opera includes the famous soprano aria "O mio babbino caro," which has been featured in many films and commercials. The Opera Workshop is an acting class offering students the opportunity to learn basic stage techniques for opera in preparation for appearing in more fully staged productions later in the year.

Normally the class culminates in a program of operatic excerpts, but this year the instructors, Stage Director Carl Ratner and Conductor Dr. David Little, felt that this semi-staged workshop of the one-act opera would offer the students greater opportunities to study complete roles. The class includes sophomore through senior voice majors, as well as students not majoring in music.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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