Contact: Victoria Winkelman
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785
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Contact: Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-2788

January 23, 2002

MEADOWS OPERA THEATRE PRESENTS GILBERT AND SULLIVAN’S THE GONDOLIERS, FEB. 7-10

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Opera Theatre of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Gondoliers from February 7-10 in the Bob Hope Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $6 for students/SMU faculty and staff. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. For more information, call the Meadows Ticket Office at 214-768-2787.

First produced in 1889, The Gondoliers was a major success and one of the last collaborative efforts of William S. Gilbert and Arthur S. Sullivan, who had already gained fame with such hugely popular works as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. The Gondoliers mocks snobbery in all levels of society as it relates the story of two gondoliers -- Marco and Giuseppe -- and their search to discover which of them is the rightful king of Barataria. The plot is full of comic twists -- Gilbert reportedly said, “I am told that the public likes the topsy-turvy, so this time they are going to get it.”

The Gondoliers will be directed by Dale Morehouse, assistant professor and director of opera at the Meadows School. He has performed more than 75 roles in opera, operetta and musical theater throughout the United States, including leading baritone roles in Rigoletto, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, The Mikado and many other productions. He has appeared with orchestras around the country as a concert soloist and has performed as a recitalist in Europe and South America. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1991 singing Faure’s Requiem with the Manhattan Philharmonic. Since 1998, he has been stage director for the opera program at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in Alaska. He also serves as a guest stage director for Opera Memphis and the Sarasota Opera.


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