Serata d'opera italiana
Secret marriages and incognito government inspectors, what could possibly go wrong? Join us at the ICCC on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm and enjoy an evening of laughter, a preview of what the Moores Opera Center has to offer in its 2016-2017 season. You will be able to enjoy portions of two wonderful operas: The Secret Marriage by Domenico Cimarosa and The Inspector by John Musto. You won't want to miss this wonderful Serata d'opera italiana (An Evening of Italian Opera).
Reception to follow show. You must register to attend the event; tickets will be availble until January 21, 2017 at 4:30 pm.
The Secret Marriage (Il matrimonio segreto) by Domenico Cimarosa
So, you’ve secretly married your father’s assistant, your father is a fool, your sister is a harpy, your maiden aunt is lusting after your new husband, and a wealthy English count has come to enter into an arranged marriage with your sister, but decides he’d much rather marry youinstead.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?
At its premiere, this opera so delighted Emperor Leopold II that he ordered dinner for the cast and commanded the opera to be repeated that evening in its entirety! You will be glad to know we are planning on doing it only once a night, but if you bought us dinner we just might change our minds…
The Inspector, music by John Musto, libretto by Mark Campbell
Picture it: Sicily, 1930’s.
An inspector from Mussolini’s Rome is paying an incognito visit to a small Italian village, sending everyone into a frenzy of comic obsequiousness, greed, and lust for power. American composer John Musto’s very funny adaptation of Gogol’s satirical play, The Government Inspector, premiered recently at Wolf Trap to rapturous reviews.
Presented by the Italian Cultural & Community Center; sponsored by the University of Houston College of the Arts - Moores Opera Center.