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Opera AACC Opens 11th Season with Mozart and Schubert

Nov. 2, 2012
Entertainment/Opera

Opera AACC will present two comic one-act operas, Mozart’s “Bastien and Bastienna” and Schubert’s “The Conspirators” Nov. 9-11, in the Humanities Little Theater, Humanities Building Room 112, on Anne Arundel Community College’s Arnold campus.

Curtain times are at 8 p.m. Friday Nov. 9 and Saturday Nov. 10 and at 3 p.m. Sunday Nov. 11. Both operas will be sung in English and are fully staged with costume and lighting. Directed by Douglas Brandt Byerly of Towson, AACC chair of Performing Arts, with musical direction by AACC Music faculty Diane Kinsley of Arnold, these two rarely performed gems feature local talented professionals, community members and AACC students. 

Local favorite and AACC faculty member Joy Greene of Annapolis as Bastienne joins Baltimore Opera tenor Peter Drackley of Baltimore as Bastien and Byerly as Colas in Mozart’s first opera, written when he was 12 years old. It tells the story of two sheepherders, Bastien and Bastienne and what happens when Bastien gets lured away by the temptations of a nearby city and Bastienne tries to play hard-to-get when he returns.

Tamara Tucker of Arnold and Matthew Frieswyk of Catonsville have the lead roles in Schubert’s “The Conspirators,” which is based on Aristophanes’ play, “Lysistrata,” a comedic account of one woman’s idea of having the women in the area withhold their feminine charms to force the men to end the Peloponnesian Wars. 

Tickets are $25 for general admission; $15 for AACC faculty, staff and students from other schools and colleges; $5 for AACC students with ID. To order tickets, email boxoffice@aacc.edu or call 410-777-2457. Please alert the box office if anyone in your party has special needs.

CAPTION
Douglas Brandt Byerly of Towson, chair of AACC’s Performing Arts department, as Colas tries to persuade Bastienne, portrayed by Joy Greene of Annapolis, to play hard-to-get when her suitor returns from a nearby city in Wolfgang Mozart’s first opera, “Bastien and Bastienne” being performed Nov. 9-11, in the Humanities Little Theater, Humanities Building Room 112, at AACC’s Arnold campus.

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