October 18, 2019

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Get a glimpse of the afterlife as Catholic University’s Division of Music Performance at the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art presents the comedic opera Too Many Sopranos Oct. 25 and 26 in Heritage Hall (O'Connell Hall, 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, D.C.). 

This is no ordinary opera, as it pokes fun at all aspects of the music world. Music is by Edwin Penhorwood, and Libretto by Miki Lynn. It follows a few diva sopranos as they try to get into the Heavenly choir, only to realize they’ll have to audition against one another for the spot. Unless, they retrieve and redeem a few men’s souls in Hell to guarantee a place in the choir. 

“Nobody is safe, even conductors are poked fun at,” said opera director and voice instructor James Hampton. “I chose this show because it’s very accessible and amusing. It turns the tradition of opera up on its head. It’s not serious. Plus, the venue this year at Heritage gives us a unique opportunity to be up close and personal with the audience.”

The 18 person cast consists of vocal performance undergraduate and graduate students, with a few music education and musical theater students. 

Beverages and snacks will be available during this "Cabaret Opera" performance. Performances will take place on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 with available military, alumni, student, and senior discounts. Additionally, there is a “premium ticket” option for $40, which includes priority seating and, if over 21, a complimentary alcoholic beverage. 

For more information contact the Hartke Theater at (202)-319-4000 or visit https://arts.catholic.edu/performances-and-events/main-stage-production/index.html.