Students to debut new opera at Richardson

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PAW’s March 17 print edition featured two alumni in the opera world: countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo ’04, a gifted rising star; and experimental opera performer Majel Connery ’01, the artistic director of the Chicago-based company Opera Cabal. Princeton’s opera ties also extend to campus, where an opera thesis project led by two undergraduates will come to fruition this weekend at Richardson Auditorium.

Seniors Alexis Rodda (book/lyrics) and Maxwell Mamon (music) are staging an original, full-length opera titled Rosaleen, with performances at 8 p.m. April 2 and 3. According to Rodda, the assembly of “song, dance, and drama” began a year ago and has been in intensive rehearsals for the last two months. The production features 12 University singers and a chamber orchestra.

Rosaleen follows the story of a highly educated young Victorian woman swept up in whirlwind marriage to a wealthy heir with a troubled past. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For advance tickets, contact University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220 or the Richardson Auditorium box office at (609) 258-5000.

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