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A spring operatic sampling at RIC

The Rhode Island College Opera Workshop will present its annual public program on Sunday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

The program will feature scenes from “The Marriage of Figaro” and “Così fan tutte” (by Mozart), “The Elixir of Love” (by Donizetti), “Peter Grimes” (by Britten) and “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” (by Weil). Gian-Carlo Menotti’s one act opera, “The Old Maid and the Thief,” one of the earliest operas composed for radio, will be performed in its entirety.

“The Old Maid and the Thief” is a twisted tale of morals and evil womanly power, and was written after Menotti visited a superficially quiet town, only to discover that it was hiding a plethora of secrets. Menotti writes in the libretto, "The devil couldn't do what a woman can: make a thief out of an honest man."

Premiered in 1939, Menotti’s opera includes 14 short scenes and helped establish his American career. Menotti is now best known for his made–for–television opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” which is frequently broadcast during the holiday season.

Stage and music direction is by RIC faculty members Susan Rodgers and Edward Markward. RIC faculty member Christina Breindel and music student John Henry Burns provide musical accompaniment.

A $5 donation is requested; RIC faculty, staff and students, free.