NWSA's Opera Theatre Ensemble and the NWSA Symphony Orchestra present an evening of opera - "La Divi

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Thomas Pasatieri’s comedic opera
La Divina is paired with
Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball
in a double bill of opera presentation

MIAMI---A double bill of opera is presented by the New World School of the Arts’ College Opera Theatre Ensemble along with the NWSA NWSA college opera students Alan Higgs, Cathy Spitzer and Matt Maness Symphony Orchestra, as Pasatieri’s La Divina and Menotti’s Amelia Goes to the Ball take center stage. Both productions are directed by NWSA faculty member Jeffrey Buchman and produced by Professor Rodney Miller. The orchestra performs under the musical direction of NWSA’s Alfred Gershfeld. Staging of La Divina and Amelia Goes to the Ball is on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 PM, at Ransom Everglades Auditorium. 3575 Main Highway, Coconut Grove.

“These two one-act opera have one thing in common -- each has as its central character a powerful, headstrong woman” stated Buchman. A world-famous opera diva's dressing room is no place to be just minutes before she is to sing her farewell performance with the pressure of all of the world watching, but that's exactly where Thomas Pasatieri sets La Divina.  There have been legendary "Divinas" in this business, but none like Adelina Altina, the over-eating, over-demanding, over-the-top opera star who is just having a tough time letting go.
In Amelia Goes to the Ball, Menotti shows us a different kind of diva -- one whose society events are her performances, and she is determined not to miss her "performance" this evening at any cost, as it is the most extravagant ball of the season. A small distraction, such as her husband discovering that she has been cheating on him with a secret lover, could never derail her plans. This show teaches a very important life lesson to men -- when a woman sets her mind on something, do what she says... (or duck!)

Buchman, winner of the Pavarotti International Voice Competition, has sung major roles with the country’s leading regional opera companies. His repertoire includes the title role in “Don Giovanni,” Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Marcello in “La Boheme,” Silvio in “I Pagliacci” and Valentin in “Faust”. He earned his Master in Music and Voice degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and has honored NWSA with his work since 2000.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.  For tickets and information, visit nwsa.mdc.edu or call the Music Hotline at 305-237-7855.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

PHOTO CAPTION: (left to right) NWSA college opera students Alan Higgs, Cathy Spitzer and Matt Maness during a rehearsal of Amelia Goes to the Ball. Photo by Maria Flores.

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