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OCU Presents Puccini's "La Rondine" Nov. 14-16
Oklahoma City University's Opera and Music Theater Company presents Puccini's "La Rondine" Nov. 14-16 as its final production of 2008. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee. Friday's opening night will be preceded by a dinner in the Atrium, hosted by Mark Parker, dean of the Bass School of Music. Tickets to the dinner ($20) and opera ($12-$25) are available from (405) 208-5227. "La Rondine" will be performed in Italian, with English supertitles. The OCU work is directed by David Herendeen and conducted by Jan McDaniel. The plot centers on Parisian courtesan Magda who tires of light-hearted liaisons when she meets the handsome – but poor -- Ruggero. On the threshold of their new life, Ruggero receives an anonymous letter detailing Magda’s past. The results are the stuff of operatic legend. Director Marta Domingo, wife of Placido, conceived and directed the new version, which was performed by Los Angeles Opera in summer 2008.