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Otterbein Opera Theatre to Present Three One-Act Operas

March 06, 2018
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—The Otterbein University Opera Theatre program will present a triple bill of one-act operas during the weekend of March 23-25 in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W Park Street. There will be three performances: 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for faculty, staff, and seniors, and $10 general admission. Tickets are available online by visiting http://www.otterbein.edu/opera.

The program is directed by Karen Eckenroth, Robert Behrens, and Dennis Davenport. On the program are “First Encounters: Isak Dinesen meets Marilyn Monroe,” music by Dennis and libretto by Sarah Davenport; “A Game of Chance,” music by Seymour Barab and libretto by Evelyn Manacher Draper; and “Cox and Box,” music by Sir Arthur Sullivan and libretto by F.C. Burnand. These rarely performed pieces are each unique in style and content. 

Composed in 2010 for Otterbein Opera Theatre, “First Encounters” is based on a vignette from the book of the same title by Nancy and Edward Sorel and relays the story of writer Isak Dinesen and her 1959 luncheon meeting with Marilyn Monroe. “Game of Chance” (1960) warns the listener of that old adage – be careful what you wish for. Rounding out the evening, “Cox and Box,” composed in 1866 (before Sullivan’s partnership with W. S. Gilbert), epitomizes the unique British comedic style of Arthur Sullivan.

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/941138269388681/.

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