On Sunday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m., in Ward Recital Hall at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America, the Opera Workshop class of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will perform 17 scenes from operas inspired by the three 18th-century plays by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. Updated to post-World War II in Washington, DC, Rosina, Almaviva, and the rascally Cherubino are traced from their inception immortalized in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, through Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, to a fictitious account of Cherubino’s coming of age in Massenet’s Cherubin, and concludes with the post-death resolution of the tumultuous relationship between Rosina and Almaviva as their children, by illicit assignations, grow up and fall in love in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles.
Conceived and directed by Professor Elaine Walter, a founding member of PARTNERS for the Arts, this is her last public “Scenes” program before retiring from the full-time faculty of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the end of this academic year. Long associated with opera productions, this program is described as her final labor of love. Free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
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