November 1, 2017
The Texas Tech University School of Music will host two performances of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s comic opera “The Mikado,” presented by students in the Opera Theatre program with musical collaboration from students in the University Symphony Orchestra. Gerald Dolter, director of the Opera Theatre, is the stage director for this production, and Daniel Kleinknecht of the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre will provide musical direction.
The first performance is at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3), and the second performance is at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 5). Both performances will be held in the Allen Theatre of the Student Union Building (SUB).
“The Mikado” has taken on an enduring role as one of the most widely programmed musical theatre works of all time. Gilbert and Sullivan set the opera in a fanciful feudal Japan in order to veil their satirization of contemporary British politics. The tactic was especially successful since all of the titular roles and institutions – even “the Mikado” himself – disguised the otherwise excoriating jokes.
The plot begins as Nanki-Poo fled from the court of his father, the Mikado of Japan, to escape marriage with an elderly lady, named Katisha. Assuming the disguise of a musician, he then falls in love with a fair maiden, Yum-Yum. He is prevented from marrying her by her guardian, Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry her himself. Ko-Ko, however, has been condemned to death for flirting. When the curtain rises on the first act, Nanki-Poo is hastening to the court of Ko-Ko in Titipu to find out whether Yum-Yum is now free to marry him.
Tickets for the two productions are available either at the door prior to the performances, or at the School of Music’s website. General admission tickets are $15 each (plus tax), senior and non-Texas Tech student tickets are $10 each (plus tax), and Texas Tech students with a valid student ID receive free admission.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.