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Rinaldo and The Galactic Crusades
June 5, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:15 pm
This Event: May be of interest to the LGBTQ community
Star Wars and Star Trek Meet Handel in Unique Staging of 18th Century Opera “Rinaldo”
Fresco Opera Theater will launch their 2015 – 2016 season with “Rinaldo and the Galactic Crusades,” a futuristic staging of Handel’s 18th century opera “Rinaldo.” Handel’s classic story of love, battle, and redemption set during the First Crusades easily transitions to a universe of spaceships, laser battles, and alien creatures. It will be presented in the Overture Center Playhouse, June 5 – 7.
“This is our most ambitious production to date,” said Frank Cain, Executive Director of Fresco Opera Theatre. “In ‘Rinaldo’ we found an operatic science fiction adventure with a classic good-vs-evil storyline. We’ve incorporated popular, iconic sci-fi tropes, extensive special effects, and an expanded orchestra in a work that will dazzle opera fans new and old. The combination of visual spectacle and powerful music will create a memorable theatrical experience.”
Celebrating its first five seasons, Fresco Opera Theater delivers opera to all generations through fresh and unique entertainment, incorporating traditional opera with pop culture themes and original story lines. Through its distinctive and engaging productions, Fresco Opera Theatre satisfies opera lovers and seeks to develop a new generation of fans.
The cast includes Gillian Cotter, Caitlin Cisler, Emily Roach, Rachel Edie Warrick, George Abbott, Chadley Ballentyne, Jack Innes, Kristin Knutson, and Christina Kay.
Fresco Opera Theatre will present FREE pre-show talks on The Playhouse stage one hour prior to the Friday and Saturday performances. These talks will give audiences some additional background on the opera, the composer, and the production elements that bring the opera to life. No tickets or reservations are required for the pre-show talks.
This project is made possible with support from the Pleasant Rowland Great Performance Fund for Theater, a component of the Madison Community Foundation, Carol and Dean Schroeder, Supporters of Opera Singers, and its generous donors.
Overture Center – The Playhouse
201 State Street
Reserved Seating $30
Seniors (65+) & Students – $20
Group Discount – 10% discount for groups 10 and more.
TICKETS GO ON SALE MAY 4TH – OVERTURE CENTER BOX OFFICE – SEATING IS LIMITED
Overture Center Box Office (608) 258-4141
June 4th 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm
June 5th 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm
June 6th 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm