March 29, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Opera Company, in collaboration with the Wilkes Opera Workshop, will present Deceptions: an Evening of Opera Scenes Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance is open to the public without charge.

Directed by Susan Minsavage, the performance includes scenes from Mozart's Così fan tutte, in which two sisters have their fidelity tested by their lovers; Otto Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor which illustrates part of the famous Falstaff story; Puccini's Suor Angelica, which centers on a young woman who, after years spent confined to a nunnery as punishment for an affair, learns the fate of her son; and Carlisle Floyd's Susannah. Based loosely on the biblical tale of Susanna and the Elders, Susannah is set in a close-knit Tennessee community in the 1950s during a religious tent revival.

Instructor of voice and director of the Wilkes Opera Workshop at Wilkes University, Minsavage is directing the Bucknell Opera Company this spring as part of her sabbatical-replacement position for the Company's founder and director, Catherine Payn.

Minsavage and Payn have a history of collaboration. This spring will mark the second time that Weis Center will play host to students from the Wilkes Opera Workshop, as they join Bucknell students for an evening of opera scenes. The groups also will be joined by the Wilkes University Chamber Singers, who will perform the chorus roles in Susannah.

"Collaboration of this sort is one of the best ways to encourage students to develop a concept of themselves within a larger artistic community," Minsavage says. "Adding new personnel to the rehearsal process for both groups brings an infusion of new ideas and makes each participant more fully engaged in the creative process."

Both the Bucknell Opera Company and the Wilkes Opera Workshop include auditioned undergraduate musicians whose fields of study represent many of the curricular areas of the universities. As part of a shared philosophy, the groups perform both on and off campus and take opera into their respective communities through Opera Outreach and various other events.

For more information about the Bucknell Opera Company, see http://www.bucknell.edu/Music/

For more information about the Wilkes Opera Workshop, see http://www.wilkes.edu/vpa/perform.asp

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