Texas Tech School of Music Presents Fall Opera

This marks the first outdoor opera performance in the Wells Fargo Amphitheatre.

The Texas Tech University School of Music will perform its fall operas, “Suor Angelica” and “The Old Maid and the Thief,” September 26-28. This is the first time The Texas Tech Music Theatre will perform in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater in partnership with Lubbock Moonlight Musicals.

Gates open for each performance at 7 p.m., with the opera starting at 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and a picnic supper to enjoy with the show.

“Suor Angelica” (Sister Angelica) is the second of Giacomo Puccini’s trio of one-act operas, Il Trittico. Sung in Italian, the story is a mystery that surrounds the title character and ends with a supernatural vision.

The mystery continues with Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Old Maid and the Thief.” This opera, which is sung in English, will keep the audience guessing who the thief is as the story unfolds in a sleepy, southern town.

This production is directed by Greg Brookes, assistant professor of voice. Gerald Dolter, director of Texas Tech Music Theatre, said Brookes is a very experienced director of opera, and this is his first time to share his creativity with the Lubbock community.

“The Wells Fargo Amphitheatre is the perfect venue to become acquainted with this kind of a stage show,” Dolter said. “Picnic dinners and opera have been enjoyed for years in Central Park in New York City. Now, Lubbock can experience it.”

Tickets for all three performances are available through Select-A-Seat for $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Texas Tech students can receive a free ticket with a valid ID.

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CONTACT: Gerald Dolter, director of Music Theatre, Texas Tech School of Music,  Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2270 or Gerald.dolter@ttu.edu.