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Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre to Present ‘Spring Opera Scenes’ on April 13

Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre in the Spanos Theatre on campus

Contact: Michele Abba



SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre will present “Spring Opera Scenes” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in the Spanos Theatre on campus.

The program will feature a pastiche of opera favorites as well as lesser-known pieces sung in English, French, German and Italian, with English supertitles.

The popular, commonly performed opera selections will be from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The Magic Flute” and Franz Lehár’s “The Merry Widow.” The audience will also get to hear lesser-known works including Claudio Monteverdi’s “L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea),” Carl Maria von Weber’s “Der Freischütz (The Marksman),” Giacomo Puccini’s “La rondine (The Swallow),” Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus)” and Jacques Offenbach’s “La Périchole (The Street Singer).”

Cal Poly Student Opera Theatre on stage at the Cal Poly Spanos Theatre

More than 50 Cal Poly students are participating in the production, onstage and behind the scenes. In addition to the opera singers, the program will feature singing by members of the Cal Poly Chamber Choir, choreography by Theatre and Dance Department students, and some artwork produced by student artists.

The Cal Poly Music Department’s Kaitrin Cunningham is the director and producer, Scott Glysson is the conductor, Paul Woodring is the pianist and coach, and Laina Babb of the Theatre and Dance Department is the costume designer.

The production is one of many scheduled events during Cal Poly’s 31st annual Open House.

Tickets, $20 for the public and $10 for students, are available at the Cal Poly Ticket Office between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). The Music Department offers a 20% discount to patrons who buy season tickets to four of its events through the Cal Poly Ticket Office. Event parking is sponsored by the Performing Arts Center.

The concert is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Music Department, College of Liberal Arts and Instructionally Related Activities program. For more information, call the Music Department at 805-756-2406 or visit its calendar website.