Opera at NJCU: Mozart’s ‘The Impresario’ and Menotti’s ‘The Old Maid and the Thief’

2014-11-18_13-33-24Now JCFYI knows what you are thinking! Opera! Not! We beg you to think again and attend these two one-act productions at New Jersey City University starting Thursday, November 20th and running through Sunday, November 23rd.

If you are new to opera consider this: Both operas are comedies AND they are both one-acts so you can leave at intermission and still say you saw a whole opera.

The Impresario,” one of Mozart’s greatest comic operas, is a treat with graceful melodic line and colorful orchestration. Come for the flashy soprano arias and stay to see rival divas compete for the same part. Old-school “Real Housewives”!

The Old Maid and the Thief” premiered in 1939 as a radio opera commissioned by NBC. It’s first stage performance was in 1941. Composer Gian Carlo Menotti also wrote the libretto which tells a twisted tale of morals and evil power plays. The story is a powerful one and the music resonates with humor and a bit of pathos thrown in for good measure. Stay for the aria “Steal me, sweet Thief”. “All the doors are wide open” indeed!

New Jersey City University’s Caroline L. Guarini Department of Music, Margaret Williams Theatre of Hepburn Hall, on the University’s Main Campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.

Curtain time will be 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 20; Friday, November 21; and Saturday, November 22; and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 23.  A free student matinee will be presented at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19.

General admission is $15.00; student, senior citizen, and group admission is $5.00. To purchase tickets online visit njcu.edu/mdt. For further information call (201)200-3151.


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