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Opera 'Old Maid and Thief' to be Presented by SVC Music Department

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Posted: Monday Sep 26, 2011
An opera, “The Old Maid and the Thief,” will be presented by students of the Saint Vincent College Music Department at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 1 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 2 in the Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center. Admission is $10. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 724 805-2229. Group rates are available.

“The Old Maid and the Thief” is an opera in one act by Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. The work uses an English language libretto by the composer which tells a twisted tale of morals and evil womanly power. Mr. Menotti writes in the libretto, “The devil couldn’t do what a woman can – make a thief out of an honest man.” Commissioned by NBC, the opera was one of the earliest composed specifically for performance on the radio. At the opera’s premiere in 1939, the work was received with wide enthusiasm by American music critics and the success of the opera helped further establish Mr. Menotti’s career in the United States. He later adapted it so that it could be performed on the stage with the first theatrical production given in Philadelphia in 1941.

The cast for “The Old Maid and the Thief” includes Lydia R. Gibson, a senior music performance major from Saint Marys, as Miss Todd; Ashlee Lamar, a freshman vocal performance major from Indiana, as Laetitia; Lauretta Sterner, a freshman vocal performance major from Downer’s Grove, Illinois, as Miss Pinkerton; and Zachary M. Rumski, a senior arts administration major from Pittsburgh (15210).

Colleen Reilly is the director and Thomas Octave is the musical director of this second annual opera to be performed on the Saint Vincent stage.