'The Merry Widow'
Friday and Saturday, April 10-11, 2015
7:30 p.m., Spanos Theatre
Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre (CPSOT) and Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) are partnering in opera education to present Franz Lehar's romantic operetta "The Merry Widow."
In the co-opera productions, Cal Poly students sing lead, comprimario and ensemble roles; half the orchestra members are students; and the dancers, chorus, stage managers, assistant director, assistant producer, make-up, costume designers, and stage craftsmen are students.
The opera will be conducted by Cal Poly Music Professor David Arrivée. Bay Area opera performer and director Ross Halper will provide a new, rollicking translation of "The Merry Widow." Halper, known affectionately as "opera's mad genius," also directs and stars in the production. Music faculty member Jacalyn Kreitzer is the founder and producer of CPSOT.
"The Merry Widow" enables all CPSOT singers to be on stage, rather than a select few. It features music majors Alexis Rubell in the title role of Hannah Glawari and Corey Hable as Count Danilo. They will perform alongside professional singers from throughout California, including Kristina Horacek in the role of Valencienne, the tempted wife; Paul Osborne as Camille, the man who challenges Valencienne's loyalty to her husband; Lester Wilson, a Central Coast professional actor, director and producer as the hilarious and devious Njegus; and Phillip Edwards, tenor and veteran of the stage, as Kromov, a wise advisor to Baron Zeta.
Tickets ($18 general, $16 seniors, $9 students)