The UM Opera Theater is nationally recognized – we’ve been repeatedly honored by The National Opera Association. Most recently, in January, three of our singers competed in Cleveland, OH, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were one of 4 national finalists for best opera scene. This is our biennial opera production, in collaboration with the UM Symphony Orchestra. We are coming home to campus this year, performing in the Dennison Theater, so it is a big moment for us. (In previous years we enjoyed a long and wonderful partnership with Missoula Community Theater.) The shows are two one-act operas, each about an hour, both sung in English. The Medium (Menotti) tells the tale of Mme. Flora. She holds fake seances, assisted by her daughter Monica and by a young boy, Toby, whom they’ve taken in. But during one of the seances, things seem to turn real…..and Baba starts to come apart, desperate to explain the touch from beyond. Gianni Schicchi is an uproarious comedy by Puccini – the only comedy he ever wrote! The greedy Donati family scorns Gianni Schicchi because of social class. But they need his help to overturn a will. His daughter Lauretta wants to marry young Rinuccio, the only nice Donati. Schicchi steps in to help, but there are definitely surprises in store for all! Dr. Stephen Kalm is our guest artist, playing the role of Gianni Schicchi.