It's a big week for Ozarks opera fans. Springfield Regional Opera's artistic director, Michael Spyres is set to sing with opera legend Placido Domingo at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on Thursday, March 9th, and two days later SROpera will present Donizetti's comic masterpiece "Don Pasquale" at the Gillioz Theatre on March 11th (7:30pm) and March 12th (2:30pm).
Spyres was originally scheduled to sing the title role of Pagliacci with SROpera before receiving news that Domingo wanted him for a gala "Celebrating Placido" in Chicago.
The gala is a one-night-only event, so Spyres will be returning the next evening to Springfield so he can be prepared to give a lecture about comic opera at 7pm before the premiere of SROpera's "Don Pasquale" at Gillioz Theatre.
"Don Pasquale" features local and international talent. Philadelphia-based singer, bass Ben Wager, returns to SROpera to sing the title role a year after he made his debut in The Marriage of Figaro. Tenor John Irvin, who will be making his SROpera debut months before his Covent Garden and Met Opera debut, rounds out the small cast along with nationally and internationally known performers baritone Todd Payne, and soprano Tara Stafford-Spyres. Music director Christopher Koch conducts the SRO orchestra.
The theme from the Godfather is borrowed from Don Pasquale so director Sean Spyres has set the production in Italy in the late 1960s, early 1970s with the help of designers Byrne Blackwood and David Smith. It's an opera...you can't refuse.
A special Red Curtain Affair ticket will be available for Sunday March 12th. This ticket will allow patrons to attend the opera after-party at the Gillioz ballroom with food, drinks, songs, and more.