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Olivet College to present "The Diva"
Apr 21, 2011

The Olivet College Performing Arts Department will present Joseph Haydn’s comic opera, “The Diva (La Cantrice)” Friday and Saturday, May 6-7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. at the Oaks Theatre in downtown Olivet. All performances are free and open to the public.

This delightful period piece about a conniving, gold-digging soprano and the love triangle created by her machinations will be sung in English with English dialogue.

Kellie Carden, a senior from Lansing, will sing the role of Gasparina Zuffoli, the diva; Jeremy Adams, a senior from Novi, will sing the cross-dressing role of Apollonia; Mark Gouba, a senior from Novi, will sing the role of Don Pelagio, the wealthy music teacher in love with Gasparina; and Kayla Green, a senior from Mason, will sing the role of Don Ettore, a trouser role, and another member of this comic love triangle.

Also featured in the opera are Cameron Eldridge, a sophomore from Nashville; Christopher Eldridge, a freshman from Nashville; and Joshua Kofflin, a freshman from Milan. Timothy Flynn, Ph.D., Performing Arts Department chair and associate professor of music, will direct the performances and Ramona Kime, Ph.D., associate professor of music, will accompany the students. Sets were designed by Adams and Gouba, while Kaitlin Greathouse, a sophomore from Eaton Rapids, created some of the original costumes.

For more information, call (269) 749-7660.


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