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
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
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
"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.