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Feb. 24, 2015
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Opera Laurier will perform two one-act operas, Gianni Schicchi and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 1 in the Theatre Auditorium on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

Giacomo Puccini's comic opera Gianni Schicchi takes the death of a family member and injects it with a comedic twist. L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, composed by Maurice Ravel, asks the question, 'What happens when a child is constantly left alone by busy parents who have no time to play?'

Opera Laurier is made up of Laurier voice performance students enrolled in The Practice of Opera course, along with dedicated student volunteers. Each fall, Opera Laurier stages a production of opera excerpts, followed by a full opera in the spring. This year’s production will be led by musical director Leslie De’Ath and stage director Paul J. Cegys.

In Gianni Schicchi, the passing of Buoso Donati has summoned his family to his bedside, all hoping to learn how his fortune will be divided. When the family learns that Donati has left all of his riches to the monastery, they hatch a plan to reverse their bad luck. By recruiting family rival Gianni Schicchi to pose as the late Donati, they arrange for a lawyer to speak with the dying Donati about rewriting his will. Everything goes according to plan until Gianni Schicchi includes himself in Donati’s will, ensuring his daughter (who is in love with Donati’s nephew) will have a dowry to join their wealthy family.

L’Enfant et les Sortilèges explores how a boy, left alone at the precipice of his childhood, negotiates his entrance into an adult consciousness. It follows the boy after a firm scolding by his mother leads him to unleash his malicious behaviour on his furniture and animals. This time, however, the child’s pets, furniture and playthings retaliate after years of mistreatment. Ravel’s opera is a story about learning the consequences of one’s own actions and of understanding that meanness is a decision. The fantastical characters, with their own eccentricities and intrigues, guide the child’s coming of age.

Opera Laurier tickets are free for Laurier students, high school students and children; $10 for adults; and $5 for seniors and non-Laurier university students. Tickets can be purchased at the door before each performance, or in advance by emailing concerts@wlu.ca or calling 519-884-1970 ext. 4439.

Performances take place in the Theatre Auditorium on Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Mieke Barette, Outreach and Student Recruitment Coordinator
Faculty of Music
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x2492

E: mbarette@wlu.ca

Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications and Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca


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