Comic romp presented by Bowling Green Opera Theater

Strong-willed wives turn the tables on their stubborn husbands in ways that bring laughter and love to all in “I quattro rusteghi,” presented by the Bowling Green State University Opera Theater. The comic opera will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday (Feb. 27) and at 3 p.m. Sunday (March 1) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

Written by Venetian composer Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and sung in English, the opera takes place in 18th-century Venice during Carnival. It tells the tale of Lunardo, a rich and rude Venetian antiques dealer who is interested in marrying off his daughter Lucieta for his own gain.

The production’s director, Dr. Ronald Shields, chair of the Department of Theatre and Film, will give a free talk on the opera before each performance, in the Bryan Recital Hall in the Moore Center. He will speak at 7:15 p.m. Friday and 2:15 p.m. Sunday.

Tim Bruno of Toledo appears as Lunardo, Lariche Jones of Livonia, Mich., is his wife, Margarita, and Abby Krawson, of Canton, is Lucieta. All three are seniors majoring in vocal performance.

Musical director is Dr. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities. Dr. Michael Ellison, theatre and film, provided choreography and is the acting coach. Lighting design is by Keith Hofacker, technical director/designer in the College of Musical Arts, with Shields providing the set design. Margaret McCubbin, theatre and film, is the costume designer. Voice/opera coach Kevin Bylsma, music performance studies, provided the musical preparation.

Tickets are $9 for students and senior citizens and $12 for other adults in advance. On the day of the performance, tickets will be $3 more apiece. Tickets can be purchased at the Moore Center box office weekdays from noon-6 p.m. or reserved by calling 2-8171.

February 23, 2009