Opera Workshop to present two one-act operas

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JOHNSON CITY – Two one-act operas, "The Old Maid and the Thief" and "Riders to the Sea," will be presented April 12-13 by the East Tennessee State University Opera Workshop.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 13, in the Mathes Hall auditorium.

Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Old Maid and the Thief" was one of the earliest operas commissioned for radio performance. "The devil couldn't do what a woman can – Make a thief out of an honest man," Menotti said of this story of a spinster, her desperate housekeeper and their wandering houseguest.

Following this comic opera will be a tragic tale of a woman destined to suffer great loss. Set on Ireland's Aran Islands, Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Riders to the Sea" tells the story of one family and their volatile relationship with the sea.

The vocal music students participating in the ETSU Opera Workshop perform under the direction of Karen Smith, a lecturer in the Department of Music.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for seniors and students with ID, and are available in advance online at www.etsu.edu/cas/music and at the door.

For more information, call the ETSU Department of Music at (423) 439-4276. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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