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An Afternoon of Opera

Sunday, November 12

2:00-3:00 PM

The program will feature UTRGV’s award-winning students singing arias from their favorite operas, songs by George Gershwin, as well as excerpts from the upcoming UTRGV Opera Theater productions: Cendrillon by Pauline Viardot, and Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti.  Program direction by Daniel Hunter-Holly and Francisco Rocafuerte. 

Included with General Admission, free for IMAS Members

Photo credit: David Pike


Cendrillon, by Pauline Viardot (1821-1910)

Saturday, November 18, 2023, 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 19, 2023, 3:00 pm
TSC Arts Center, Brownsville

Cendrillon had its premiere performance in the Parisian salon of the composer, Pauline Viardot, in 1904.  Viardot was the daughter of the great Spanish tenor and singing teacher, Manuel García, and she was a legendary singer, pianist, and composer throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.  She studied piano with Franz Liszt, inspired countless composers with her singing, including Hector Berlioz, Charles Gounod, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Johannes Brahms, and she was close friends with Frédéric Chopin and George Sand.  This charming opera is a retelling of the Cinderella story, more light-hearted than most opera adaptations of this tale.


Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)

Saturday, December 9, 2023, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 10, 2023, 7:00 pm
UTRGV Performing Arts Center, Edinburg

Originally commissioned and composed for television, Amahl and the Night Visitors had its premiere in 1951 and has remained a beloved staple of the opera repertory ever since.  The opera takes place near Bethlehem, shortly after the birth of Christ, in the home of a poor young mother and her disabled son, Amahl.  Three kings, following a star, stop at the home and introduce themselves and are warmly greeted by all. With beautiful lyricism, the tale unfolds, leading to the kings’ departure the next morning, with an additional surprise companion.

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