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Georgia Southern Opera presents a Trick and a Treat

CLASS_OperaBreveVII_900x900The Georgia Southern Opera presents “Opera Breve VII: Trick AND Treat!” This year’s double bill is the Opera’s seventh annual installment of the popular “Opera Breve” series and is comprised of two American one-act operas, Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Medium” and William Bolcom’s “Lucrezia.” Performances will take place on Friday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18, at 3 p.m., in the Emma Kelly Theatre at the Averitt Center for the Arts, 33 E. Main Street. Admission to the event is free.

Just in time for the Halloween season, “The Medium” is guaranteed to give you chills. Madame Flora, a charlatan fortune-teller, experiences something unexplainable and horrifying during a séance. Her subsequent descent into delirium and madness ends in unspeakable tragedy.

Written in 2008, “Lucrezia” is a relatively new and unknown work and a rare treat for opera audiences. It was favorably reviewed in The New York Times and was mentioned for its “eclectic score featuring tango, bullfighting music, a Straussian waltz and jazz.”

“‘The Medium’ has become a popular classic in American opera, and ‘Lucrezia’ is guaranteed to do the same. I have never laughed so hard as I did when I listened to ‘Lucrezia’ for the first time,” said director Arikka Gregory, D.M.A., assistant professor of voice. Gregory promises a night you won’t forget.

With free performances both the day before and the day after the homecoming football game on Saturday, Oct. 17, the opera is a great opportunity for students, parents, and alumni to discover some of the University’s great cultural events.

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