NIU Opera Theater visits with favorite characters

Lucia Matos and James Tucker
Lucia Matos and James Tucker

For its second program of the year, NIU Opera Workshop presents a concert highlighting some of opera’s most colorful characters.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, in the Recital Hall in the Music Building.

Included in the NIU cast of characters are the Roman emperor Nero (from Monteverdi’s “The Coronation of Poppea”); Mozart’s Don Giovanni (from the opera of the same name) and Papageno (from “The Magic Flute”); Rossini’s Rosina (singing “Una voce poco fa” from “The Barber of Seville”); and Dr. Malatesta from Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” All selections are sung in the original languages.

Throughout the year, NIU Opera Workshop gives undergraduate and graduate voice students opportunities to gain singing and acting experience in a wide variety of repertoire.

The program is co-directed by conductor Lucia Matos and stage director James Tucker, with assistance from faculty pianist William Koehler and graduate accompanist Glenda Courtois-Garcia.

The concert is free and open to the public. The NIU Music Building, 300 Lucinda Ave., is accessible to all.

For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or lslater@niu.edu.

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