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Crane Opera Ensemble to stage two one-act shows April 11 and 12

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POTSDAM — The Crane Opera Ensemble will present a pair of “angelic” one-act operas this spring.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

The ensemble will perform the tragic and lyric “Suor Angelica,” with music by Giacomo Puccini, followed by the satirical and off-beat “Angelíque” by Jacques Ibert. The operas will be presented one after the other on both days.

“Suor Angelica” tells the story of a troubled young woman who has taken vows and learns the fate of the son she was forced to give up several years earlier to save her family honor.

It will be performed in the original Italian, with piano and organ accompaniment.

In “Angelíque,” the title character has battered her poor husband to the point that he agrees to sell her to a line of suitors — each of which promptly return her, including the devil.

It will be sung in the original French, with dialogue presented in English, accompanied by piano and a saxophone quartet.

Other north country students participating in the production include Juliana Alfano (Massena), Dale Hajdasz (Evans Mills), Erik Severtson (Hopkinton), Katrina Sheats (Pulaski) and Kate Waters (Potsdam).

Voice faculty member Donald George, tenor, will appear in a cameo role as the devil in “Angelíque.”

Faculty members Kirk Severtson and François Germain are vocal coaches and will each accompany one of the operas. Carleen Graham is the stage director. Alexis Foster designed the costumes, and guest artist Trevor Maynard from Ithaca College is the lighting designer.

The Crane Opera Ensemble has twice been named the first place winner of the American Prize in Operatic Performance and has placed second in the National Opera Association’s Collegiate Production Competition.

Tickets for the Crane Opera Ensemble performances are $10 for general admission and $7 for SUNY Potsdam students, faculty and staff.

Tickets are available through the Community Performance Series box office by calling 267-2277 or at www.cpspotsdam.org.

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