UNK Opera Workshop to Perform ‘Sister Angelica’ Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6-7

Dr. Anne Foradori
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308.865.8610

UNK- UNK Opera Theatre will present Giacomo Puccini’s one-act opera, “Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica)” in English in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Recital Hall Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6-7.

Directed by Dr. Anne Foradori, UNK professor of music, “Sister Angelica” is a tragic story of reconciliation and forgiveness, told through lush melodies and rich harmonies. The opera, which takes place in Italy during the 19th century, begins with typical events of life in the convent. Throughout the performance, the fall, the redemption, and the final transfiguration of the main character, Sister Angelica, is revealed.

“The production is appropriate for adults, and children middle school and older,” Dr. Foradori said. “The subject matter is serious in content, although it is not inherently ‘adult’ in nature.”

Curtain times for the performances are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Both performances are free and open to the public.

The student actors/actresses, year in school, and the roles they play, are listed below, alphabetically by hometown and country.

Arapahoe– Calli Samuelson, junior, Sister Osmina
Atlanta– Brooke Scripter, senior, Sister Angelica
Hildreth– Amaryah Fritz, freshman, a novice; Logan Farley, freshman, Sister Dolcina
Kearney– Kassie Sabah, junior, alms collecting sister; Katherine Ridder, sophomore, Sister Genevieve; Mary Lanka, senior, the                 nursing sister
Lincoln– Dana Hilde, sophomore, alms collecting sister
McCook– JoanAnn Blomstedt, sophomore, lay sister
Ogallala– Deidre Volberding, junior, the Abbess; Lauren Rudolph, sophomore, mistress of the novices

Saudi Arabia– Noor Ghamedi, senior, lay sister

Dr. Sharon Campbell, a mezzo-soprano and UNK assistant professor of music, will also join the cast as the princess.

For more information, contact Dr. Foradori at 308.865.8610 or foradoria@unk.edu.