YSU presents operas April 19 to 22

Youngstown State University presents two one-act operas this April in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater. This promo features a few of the student performers.

Top row, from left: Matthew Malloy, Derick Elmore, Denny Monroe. Seated: Kayla Wilson and Molly Scherer.

Youngstown State University’s Performing Arts Series and the Dana School of Music presents two one-act operas April 19 through 22 in Bliss Hall’s Ford Theater on the YSU campus.

Thursday through Saturday performances are 7:30 p.m. The Sunday matinee show is at 3 p.m.

The two operas are:

  • “La Serva Padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress)” by Giovanni Pergolesi was first performed more than 200 years ago in Naples, Italy, to celebrate the birthday of the Empress of Habsburg. The opera’s success was so great that performances were given throughout Europe within the year, including 63 consecutive performances in Paris, generating the famous French school of the Opera Comique.
  • “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell is considered the first real opera composed in England in 1689.

A brunch will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22, at the MVR, 410 N. Walnut St., prior to the performance. Advance reservations and payment are mandatory. Call the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105. No walk-ins will be permitted.

Show tickets may be reserved by calling 330-941-3105. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, YSU faculty and staff and high school and college students from other universities; and $5 for YSU students with their ID. University Theater season ticket holders receive a special rate of $5. Parking is available in the Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.

The cast includes Dana School of Music students Kayla Wilson of Austintown, Ohio; Molly K. Scherer of Wampum, Pa.; Emily Alcorn of Poland, Ohio; Trevor Coleman and Allyson Pollice of Boardman, Ohio; Nancy Elaine Hensley of Howland, Ohio; Alyssa Leith and Denny Monroe of Girard, Ohio; Kathie Steeb of Columbiana, Ohio; Marissa Benson of Bethel Park, Pa.; Victor S. Cardamone of Apollo, Pa.; Lauren Corcoran of Moon Township, Pa.; Matthew Malloy of Beaver, Pa.; Rachel Lundberg of Lindstrom, Minn.; Derick Elmore of Anandale, Va., William Hogue of East Liverpool, Ohio; and the Ballet Western Reserve company dancers.

Allan R. Mosher is YSU’s opera program director/vocal director, and Hae-Jong Lee is music director/conductor. Stage director/scenic designer is David Vosburgh, with choreography by Virginia Hartman, Ballet Western Reserve artistic director.  The lighting designer is Kevin Wolfgang, rehearsal accompanist/music preparation is Jerome Rezanka, and hair and makeup designer is Linda Leith. Eric Shonk is wardrobe designer, and the production manager is Todd Dicken. Others assisting in the production are Girard City Schools Children’s Chorus director Sue Ellen Harris Davis, master carpenter Frank Bongen, and stage manager Krista Ulbricht.