UNT Opera enchants with Massenet's version of Cinderella
What: UNT Opera presents Jules Massenet's Cendrillon, based on Charles Perrault's classic tale of Cinderella and her fairy godmother. Performed in French, with English supertitles.
When: 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15 (Fridays), and 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17 (Sundays), with "In the Know" pre-performance lectures beginning 45 minutes before each performance
Where: Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, in Denton
Tickets: $15 to $35 (the $35 price includes dessert and wine). Purchase tickets online at www.theMPAC.com/tickets or by calling the Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.
DENTON, Texas (UNT) – UNT Opera brings a classic fairy tale to life with its production of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella) Nov. 8, 10, 15 and 17 in the Lyric Theater of the Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton.
The opera, sung in French with English supertitles, tells the familiar story of Cendrillon (Cinderella), her mean stepmother and stepsisters, and her fairy godmother, who gives Cendrillon a reprieve from her rough life – and a chance at love – by granting her wish to attend the prince's ball.
"This is the children's fairytale that we all know and love, but it is also a romantic love story with lush music, magical appearances and slap-stick comedy so every age will be enchanted," said UNT Opera Director Paula Homer. "Everyone can be assured that the whole family will love this opera experience."
Stephen Dubberly, conductor of the opera orchestra, will present an "In the Know" lecture about Cendrillon 45 minutes before each performance.
The opera will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15 (Fridays), and 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 17 (Sundays) in the Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 Interstate 35E, in Denton. Tickets are $15 to $35. The $35 tickets include floor seating, dessert and wine. Purchase tickets online at www.theMPAC.com/tickets or by calling the Murchison Box Office at 940-369-7802.
About UNT Opera
The UNT opera program began at UNT in 1944. It is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the western half of the United States. The program earned first place in the National Opera Association competition in 2012 for its production of Marc Blitzstein's Regina.
About the UNT College of Music
The UNT College of Music is one of the largest and most respected comprehensive music schools in the country. More than 1,600 music students attend UNT each year, participating in more than 50 widely varied ensembles and pursuing specialized studies in performance, composition, music education or music scholarship. UNT faculty members and students have made appearances on the world's finest stages and have produced numerous recordings, many receiving Grammy awards and nominations. Distinguished UNT alumni can be found around the globe, in top music ensembles, opera companies, universities and schools.