Tuesday, January 22, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 76 



Two operas to open at Moores this week

Moores Music Notes

Jason C. Consolacion

The Edythe Bates Old Moores Opera Center at the Moores School of Music will present two operas this weekend, each of which portray images of love,
comedy, drama and terror.

Directed by MSM's own Buck Ross, the two operas feature three sets of talented singers from UH.

"These operas really give our younger singers a good opportunity to be featured in this setting," Ross said. "There are three separate casts for the two
operas, so a lot of students get a chance to perform."

The first opera is Maury Yetson's Nine. Based on the 1963 novel 8 1/2 by Ferderico Fellini, Nine is a story about an Italian film director and the 21
women in his life. Guido Contini finds himself one day in the midst of an artistic block. For inspiration, he visits a spa where he happens to run into his wife,
his mistress, his mother, and his sister, among other women. Through his experience, Guido is ultimately inspired to base his next film on the life of the
ultimate ladies' man: Casanova.

"Nine is really a musical (as opposed to an opera)," Ross said. "It has all the color and excitement of a Broadway show."

The original production of Nine won a Tony award in 1982 for best musical. The movie 8 1/2 has been heralded as a landmark film in Italian cinema.

Eduardo Tercero stars as Guido with Ryan Llewellyn as the "younger Guido." The MSM production also features Kristina Sullivan and Catherine Nguyen
as Luisa, Jenni Rebecca Stephenson as Carla, Lindsay Robertson as Claudia, and Eileen Benvegnu and Jessica Smith as Guido's mother.

Nine will debut at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and will run again on Saturday and Sunday (both days at 7:30).

The second opera is Gioacchino Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers). Unlike the dramatic black and white classical look of Nine,
Rossini's opera is a colorful comedic experience.

"In the opera, this Italian woman is on a search for her lover who was kidnapped by Algerians," Ross said. "She eventually gets kidnapped herself, but what
the Algerians don't realize is that they're not ready to deal with the ways of an Italian woman."

The opera features two separate casts. Barbara Padilla and Naya Rodriguez-Castinado share the role of Elvira, the opera's main character. Kendra Ware
and Tara Faircloth share the role of Zulma, Dawn M. Padula and Yvonne Douthat share the role of Isabella, and Matt Oglesby and John Weinel share the
role of Lindoro.

L'italiana opens 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Moores Opera House. It will show again on Sunday in a 2 p.m. matinee performance and Monday again at 7:30

Admission to both operas is $10 ($5 for students). Call (713) 743-3313 for more information.

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