The Sundial • November 9, 2018 • https://sundial.csun.edu/123572/arts-entertainment/photo-story-opera-program-prepares-for-fall-production/
(Photo Story) Opera program prepares for fall production
Mercedes Juan Musotto conducts music rehearsals with a Master Class in Nordhoff Hall on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Musotto, originally from Argentina, is the current musical director for the opera program. “Preparing Serse musically and working with singers in the college setting is my real passion. I love seeing how young singers discover the fascinating world of opera,” said Musotto. Photo credit: Clare Calzada
Every year, CSUN’s opera program puts on two theatrical productions through the collaboration of the Theatre and Music Department. This semester, under the stage direction of Ray Saar and the new musical direction of Mercedes Juan, they will perform “Serse” by Baroque composer George Frideric Handel next week. This opera is set in the 18th century and tells the tale of a tragic, but comedic, love triangle between the king of Persia, his lover and his brother.
Two casts, made up of both undergraduate and graduate students, have spent many weeks and hours rehearsing inside Nordhoff and Cypress Hall. From voice lessons to acting to learning Italian diction, these students are giving their all to deliver a spectacular production.
You can see “Serse” on Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Campus Theater inside Nordhoff Hall. Regular admission is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets can be found online here.