The UALR Opera Theatre will present a double-bill performance of “The Telephone” and “The Medium,” both by Gian Carlo Menotti, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, and again at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 5, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the UALR Fine Arts Building.
Both performances will feature the talents of students in the vocal arts program and will be performed in English, the language in which they were written. These operas premiered on Broadway in the 1940s as a double-bill and have been presented together and separately by opera Carcompanies and theatre troupes since then.
UALR students can receive one free ticket; all other student tickets are $5. These tickets may be reserved by calling 501.569-3295.
For general admission, tickets are $15 and can be purchased through the music box office at 501.569.8993.
“The Telephone” is a romantic comic opera in one act about a suitor on a mission.
According to Don Bernardini, professor of music and director of the vocal program, “Ben, bearing a gift, comes to visit Lucy at her apartment. He wants to propose to her before he leaves on a trip. Despite his attempts to get her attention for sufficient time to ask his question, Lucy is occupied with interminable conversations on the telephone, but Ben will not be deterred!”
“The Medium” is a two-act dramatic opera. Would-be psychic, Baba, with her daughter, Monica, pose as ghosts from the beyond during séances.
They take in a person who is deaf and doesn’t speak as a lodger but become distrustful of him. During one session, Baba feels a mysterious cold hand around her throat which panics her into revealing to her clients that she is a fake. When they refuse to believe her, Baba’s terror leads to tragedy.