The sets are ready. The Steinway piano has taken pride of place. Rehearsals are over, and the singers are ready.

The magic that is Mid Ohio Opera returns to north central Ohio in the form of the opera Il Tabarro (The Cloak) by Giacomo Puccini. The performance will take place on two evenings and two afternoons at Founders Auditorium on the campus of The Ohio State University at Mansfield.

Il Tabarro was composed by one of the masters of Italian opera, and was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City almost 100 years ago, on December 14, 1918. Puccini is one of the best known masters of Italian opera, also composing masterworks such as Turandot, Tosca, La Boheme, and Madama Butterfly.

The work’s sole act takes place on a barge on the Seine River in Paris. Despite its modest 50 minute length, it is a bit of a “thriller” with high drama unfolding quickly. The music has been described as of similar style to Puccini’s other works, but with a unique score which reflects its setting.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Friday, May 11 – 7 PM
Sunday, May 13 – 3 PM
Friday, May 18 – 7 PM
Sunday, May 20 – 3 PM

No tickets are required, and patrons may pay for seats in any amount they would like.

Sources: Wikipedia, Opera North blog

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