SUNY Potsdam's Crane Opera Ensemble to perform April 11
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:45 am

POTSDAM -- The Crane Opera Ensemble will present a pair of "angelic" one-act operas with performances on April 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

The award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble will perform the tragic yet lyric "Suor Angelica," with music by Giacomo Puccini, followed by the satirical and off-beat "Angelíque" by Jacques Ibert.

"Suor Angelica" tells the story of a troubled young woman who has taken vows and learns the fate of the son she was forced to give up several years earlier to save her family honor. "Suor Angelica" will be performed in the original Italian, with piano and organ accompaniment.

In contrast, in "Angelíque," the title character has battered her poor husband to the point that he agrees to sell her to a line of suitors -- each of which promptly return her, including the Devil. "Angelíque" will be sung in the original French, with dialogue presented in English, accompanied by piano and a saxophone quartet.

North Country students participating in the production include Juliana Alfano of Massena, Erik Severtson of Hopkinton and Kate Waters of Potsdam.

Voice faculty member Donald George, tenor, will appear in a cameo role as the Devil in "Angelíque."

Faculty members Kirk Severtson and François Germain are vocal coaches and will each accompany one of the operas. Carleen Graham is the stage director. Alexis Foster designed the costumes, and guest artist Trevor Maynard from Ithaca College is the lighting designer.

Supertitle translations will be projected during the performances.

Tickets are $10 and $7 for SUNY Potsdam students, faculty and staff with I.D.

Tickets are available through the Community Performance Series Box Office, which can be reached at 267-2277 or at

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