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'Too Many Sopranos' Kicks Off Opera Season at OCU
Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music will present a 21st century American chamber comedy Oct. 24-26 as the first opera of its 57th season. “Too Many Sopranos” was commissioned by Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre from American composer Edwin Penhorwood. Since its premiere in 2000, the G-rated work has received more than three dozen productions including at the annual conventions of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and The National Opera Association. Performances at OCU’s Burg Theater will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets ($10) are available from (405) 208-5227. A free pre-show talk with director Karalyn Merritt will be held 45 minutes before curtain. Brian Osborne is musical director. The plot unfolds in two acts: Four divas arrive in heaven only to learn there is not enough room for them all. They must audition for St. Peter, who is so impressed with their voices that he allows them to descend into the netherworld to try and rescue enough tenors and basses to balance their chorus. Gabriel and St. Peter accompany the sopranos on their journey to save tortured souls in this two-act comedy. After its premiere, the Cedar Rapids Gazette raved: "There is much to love in "Too Many Sopranos," noting the work was “full of life, and it drew constant laughter and cheers.” Puccini’s “La Rondine,” in Italian with English supertitles, will close out 2008 with three shows Nov. 14-16. The 2009 half of the season begins with Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” Feb. 20-22, followed by Sondheim’s “Assassins,” March 6-8. “Most Happy Fella,” from the creator of “Guys and Dolls,” closes the season April 24-26. “This is a really diverse season full of shows that will please simply everyone,” said David Herendeen, director of OCU’s Opera and Music Theater Company. “We have everything from premieres to pop to Puccini. The shows allow our stars to strut their stuff.”