The award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra is set to present an uproarious double-bill, bringing together Giacomo Puccini's comic opera in one act, "Gianni Schicchi," combined with the modern sequel, "Buoso's Ghost," by contemporary composer Michael Ching, from Nov. 16 to 18. The production will open with an educational outreach performance for area schools, which will be offered at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16. Two evening performances will be offered, at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater. Led by Musical Director Kirk Severtson, the production of "Gianni Schicchi" and "Buoso's Ghost" features students and faculty from The Crane School of Music in the cast and orchestra, as well as students from Crane and the SUNY Potsdam Department of Theatre and Dance behind the scenes. Faculty member Dr. Jonathan Stinson, baritone, will sing the title role alongside the students in the cast. Stage Director David Ward joins the Crane faculty this year as a visiting assistant professor. He has previously served as the opera director at the University of Arizona and the University of North Texas. Three guest designers' work will also be showcased in the production. Andrew Licout is the scenic designer, Catherine Mason returns as the costume designer and Tonry Lathroum is the lighting designer for "Gianni Schicchi" and "Buoso's Ghost." Tickets for the Crane Opera Ensemble production of "Gianni Schicchi" and "Buoso's Ghost" are $15 for the general public and $10 for SUNY Potsdam faculty, staff and students. To purchase tickets, contact the Community Performance Series Box Office, located in the lobby of SUNY Potsdam's Performing Arts Center, by calling 315-267-2277, or visiting www.cpspotsdam.org.
Classes Resume Wednesday, February 21, 2018