The award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble will present a pairing of two single-act operas in April. The ensemble will perform “The Impresario” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and “Il Signor Bruschino” by Gioachino Rossini on Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m., in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.
The production is directed by guest stage director Ben Spierman of the Bronx Opera, who also guest stage directs at many other venues. Assistant Professor Dr. François Germain is the music director. The cast features a number of talented students from The Crane School of Music, accompanied by Dr. Germain at the piano.
The operas are being staged as though they are one piece. “The Impresario,” which is a Singspiel, or play with music, will be staged as the behind-the-scenes antics which plague a struggling North Country opera company, as it attempts to cast and finance an opera. “Il Signor Bruschino,” the actual “opera” the company performs, is a lively comic opera infused with the effervescent music of Rossini (composer of the famous “The Barber of Seville”).
The guest lighting designer is Trevor Maynard (a St. Lawrence University alumnus). Alexis Foster is the costume designer, and Katherine Yip is the production stage manager.
Tickets for this family-friendly production are available through the Community Performance Series Box Office, at (315) 267-2277 or online at www.cpspotsdam.org. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
The Crane Opera Ensemble is the recipient of two national awards for its 2011 production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The American Prize in Operatic Performance for 2012 awarded first place in the colleges/universities category to the group. In addition, the National Opera Association awarded the Crane Opera Ensemble second place in Division III in its annual collegiate production competition. More information can be found at www.craneoperaensemble.com.
For more information about the Crane Opera Ensemble’s award-winning performance history, visit www.potsdam.edu/academics/Crane/opera.
To learn more about the exceptional performance opportunities that Crane School of Music students have at SUNY Potsdam’s vibrant arts campus, visit www.potsdam.edu/crane.
Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution.