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"3-Ring Opera" at BYU will feature three short classics June 7-10

“Signor Deluso,” “The Stoned Guest” and “The Old Maid and the Thief”

The Brigham Young University School of Music will present “3 Ring Opera,” a collection of three one-act comic operas, Wednesday through Saturday, June 7-10, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Tickets are $5 for the performances June 7-8 and $10 for the performances June 9-10. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Fine Arts Ticket Office at (801) 422-7664 or by visiting performances.byu.edu.

The one-act opera “Signor Deluso,” by Thomas Pasatieri and directed by Clayne Robison, presents a scene of misconceptions as several couples grapple with suspicions of infidelity.The comedy of errors is resolved when a faithful maid sorts out the confusion. The libretto of this humorous opera is based on Moliere’s “Sganarelle.”

“The Stoned Guest,” by P.D.Q. Bach and directed by Eric Hanson, is a parody loosely based on the opera, “Don Giovanni,” by Mozart. Supposedly written by the youngest and oddest of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 20-odd children, but bearing a better resemblance to the work of music satirist Peter Schikele, “The Stoned Guest” features classic operatic stereotypes and tongue-in-cheek comedy.

Written by Giancarlo Menotti and directed by Juan Pereira, “The Old Maid and the Thief” follows the story of an old maid desperate for love who take a handsome beggar into her home. News spreads that a thief who has escaped from the county jail matches the description of the beggar. Even in this a complicated situation, love drives the woman to protect the man until he secretly runs off with the maid’s’ servant.

The production team includes musical director Ruth Christensen, conductor Brandon Matthews, scenic designer Jessika Watson and production stage manager Brian Ramos.

For more information, contact Clayne Robison at (801) 422-3110 or clayne_robison@byu.edu.

Writer: Brian Rust

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